Survey of Historic Environment Specialists: We need your help

The next few years are forecast to be a time of considerable change affecting our historic environment. Large-scale infrastructure projects like HS2, major road schemes, and a mammoth programme of housebuilding are forecast to very significantly increase the demand for a skilled historic environment workforce, at a time when some of the country’s most experienced historic environment specialists are approaching retirement. As a sector we need to try to get to grips with the impact of these two factors, and to invest focused resources into accommodating them.

The national heritage agencies have commissioned Landward Research to undertake a new survey of historic environment specialists, building on the work that was undertaken in 2010. We aim to find out more about the distribution of specialists, their working environments, their training needs and opportunities, and their thoughts on the future.

If you are an archaeological, buildings history or garden history specialist or scientist, please invest just 10 minutes of your time to complete the questionnaire, and encourage others to do the same.

If you are an employer of historic environment specialists, please ask your staff to complete the questionnaire and spread the word about it.

The Archaeology Training Forum – the sector body with a focus on archaeological and related skills in the study of the historic environment – has identified the need for a skills and training audit as a key priority, and its members from across the sector will use the results of the survey to help plan for the delivery of high-quality expertise to make the most of the opportunities and to help mitigate the impacts of national infrastructure projects. The better the information we gather, the more effective we can be.

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