14. Essential contacts and help

## Archaeology and Heritage Organisations in the UK

### UK-Wide:

* [Council for British Archaeology (CBA)](http://www.britarch.ac.uk). 'The gateway' to archaeology in Britain; an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Website acts as a signposting service for the start of peoples journeys into archaeology.
* [Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC)](http://www.yac-uk.org.uk). The only UK-wide club for young people aged up to 17 interested in archaeology.
* [Festival of British Archaeology](http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk). Annual UK-wide extravaganza of archaeology and heritage related events to give everyone opportunities to attend events and get involved in archaeology (16-31 July 2011).
* [Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO UK)](http://www.algao.org.uk). Identifying finds A forum representing archaeologists working for local authorities and national parks throughout the UK. The public can find contact info for their county archaeologists and the like here.
* [British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)](http://www.babao.org.uk). BABAO promotes the study of human bioarchaeology and osteoarchaeology for the purpose of understanding humanity from the past to the present. BABAO also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on these topics and strives to improve standards in all aspects of the study of the biological remains of past and present peoples.
* [Institute for Archaeologists (IfA)](http://www.archaeologists.net). The IfA advances the practice of archaeology and allied disciplines by promoting professional standards and ethics for conserving, managing, understanding and promoting enjoyment of heritage. The site also provides links to the IfA’s Special Interest Groups that can be contacted for advice on a range of specialist issues including maritime affairs, archives, finds and geophysical survey.

### England

* [English Heritage](http://www.english-heritage.org.uk). Champions our historic places and advises the Government and others to help today's generation get the best out of our heritage and ensure its protected for the future.
* [Heritage Gateway](http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk). English Heritage is working in collaboration with ALGAO and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) to develop a Heritage Gateway to England's local and national historic environment records.
* [Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)](http://www.finds.org.uk). A voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

### Wales

* [Cadw](http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/). Cadw is the historic environment service of the Welsh Assembly Government. 'Cadw' (pronounced cad-oo) is a Welsh word meaning 'to keep'.
* [Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)](http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/). The investigating body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales.
* [Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS)](http://finds.org.uk). A voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

Consulting the plans: Image courtesy of Wessex Archaeology The 4 Welsh Archaeological Trusts, working to help protect, record and interpret all aspects of the historic landscape for the whole of Wales:

* [Dyfed Archaeological Trust](http://www.cambria.org.uk). Established to advance the education of the public in archaeology. It is committed to working to help protect, record and interpret all aspects of the historic environment.
* [Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust](http://www.ggat.org.uk). Aims to help people of all ages understand and appreciate this rich heritage, and to care for it so that it is preserved for the future.
* [Gwynedd Archaeological Trust](http://www.heneb.co.uk). An educational charity to inform the public on archaeological matters, to respond to increasing threats to the archaeology of the area, and to educate in the broadest sense.
* [Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust](http://www.cpat.org.uk). Helps protect, record and interpret all aspects of the historic environment

### Scotland

* [Archaeology Scotland](http://www.archaeologyscotland.org.uk). Supports local archaeological initiatives and campaigns for the best possible conservation and management of our heritage.
* [Historic Scotland](http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/). An executive agency of the Scottish Government and we are charged with safeguarding the nation's historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.
* [Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)](http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/). Collects, records and interprets information on the architectural, industrial, archaeological and maritime heritage of Scotland.

### Northern Ireland

* [Northern Ireland Archaeology Forum (NIAF)](http://www.niaf.co.uk/). Aims to protect, study and promote the historic environment.
* [Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)](http://www.ni-environment.gov.uk). Aims to protect, conserve and promote the natural environment and built heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
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### UK Crown Dependencies

* [Guernsey Museums](http://www.museum.guernsey.net/). Guernsey Museums & Galleries is a service provided by the government of Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency located in the Channel Islands.
* [Jersey Heritage](http://www.jerseyheritage.org). Jersey Heritage protects and promotes the Island’s rich heritage and cultural environment.
* [Manx National Heritage](http://www.gov.im/mnh). The national heritage agency of the Isle of Man.

## Health and Safety
* [Health and Safety Executive](http://www.hse.gov.uk). UK-wide advice and guidance on health and safety issues.
* [IfA Risk Assessment Guidance](http://www.archaeologists.net/codes/ifa). Includes exemplar risk assessments.

## Online Archiving
* [OASIS (Online AccesS to the Index of archaeological investigationS)](http://www.oasis.ac.uk). The overall aim of the OASIS project is to provide an online index to the mass of archaeological grey literature that has been produced as a result of the advent of large-scale developer funded fieldwork and a similar increase in fieldwork undertaken by volunteers.

## Grants and Funding

* [Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)](http://www.hlf.org.uk). The Heritage Lottery Fund sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage though innovative investment in projects with a lasting impact on people and places. As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, with around £205million a year to invest in new projects and a considerable body of knowledge and evaluation over 15 years, they are also a leading advocate for the value of heritage to modern life. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our heritage. HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects allocating £4.5 billion across the UK. As part of their service, they provide face-to-face advice to potential applicants, and guidance documents on developing archaeological projects.

* [CBA funding opportunites page](http://www.britarch.ac.uk/grants). The CBA provides a page signposting to funding opportunities open to archaeological projects.

## Research
* [British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography (biab)](http://www.biab.ac.uk). biab exists to support research work of all kinds, covering all aspects of archaeology and the historic environment, and every chronological period, with a geographical focus on Britain and Ireland.