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Subject Committee: Urban

The Urban Committee seeks to develop policies and provide advice to members and others on urban environment issues. The Committee recognises the specialist nature of urban archaeological practice and management and welcomes contributions from experienced urban archaeologists outside of the ALGAO membership.

ALGAO:UK Urban Policy Framework for urban places

The 1864 abutment of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway's bridge crossing the Thames Grade II listed building (permission: Chris Constable)The 1864 abutment of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway's bridge crossing the Thames Grade II listed building (permission: Chris Constable)

This is a working document drafted by by members of the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) Urban Committee in order to provide both a context and a strategic direction for urban archaeological work in the United Kingdom. The vision is of a developed urban archaeological practice, with spin-off to the profession generally. It represents a policy framework for addressing issues that have arisen in more than a decade since the appearance of relevant UK planning guidance, and hence a focus for comment on reviews of such guidance. As such it remains a 'rolling draft', still needing to engage DoE(NI) and the outcome of imminent review processes in the remaining nations, so there are no plans to publish in hard copy the foreseeable future.

This draft paper is intended as a discussion document, presenting issues raised by a group of experienced urban practitioners with regard to the appropriate response to urban development pressures. The ten sections detail strategic approaches to the urban environment, seeking to deliver archaeological solutions of benefit to the whole community, under the following heads:

  1. Introduction: ALGAO challenges in urban places;
  2. The National legislative framework
  3. Urban deposits: to preserve in situ or by record
  4. Urban buildings: the visible heritage
  5. Urban information dissemination: spreading the message
  6. Urban archives: a community role
  7. Urban research agendas: signposting the jungle
  8. Urban community projects: special value
  9. Urban design feedback: the concept of 'trajectory'
  10. Urban decision-making: a draft framework

Committee papers (members only)


  • European Association of Archaeologists
  • The Esslingen Code
    'European code of good practice: "ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE URBAN PROJECT". The code was approved by the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Council of Europe at its 15th plenary session on 8-10 March 2000. The code is intended to enhance the protection of the European urban archaeological heritage through facilitating co-operation between planners, archaeologists and developers. Available through Museum of London website.

Consultation responses: Urban

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