40 Years of Archaeology in Greater Manchester: the Founding of GMAU

The 21st November 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication by the UK Government of a dry-sounding document called ‘Planning Policy Guidance 16: Archaeology & Planning’. The policy covered all development that required planning permission – either as below-ground works or changes to historical, architectural, or industrially important buildings – in England and Wales.…

Scrapping A Level Archaeology: Why it Damages our Shared Heritage

On Wednesday 12th October 2016 the AQA exam board confirmed that they were scrapping A Level Archaeology (along with Art History and Classics). The reason? The existing specification is challenging to mark and award because of the specialist nature of the topics, the range of options, difficulties in recruiting sufficient experienced examiners and limited entries…