It is eleven years since the North West Archaeological Research Framework was published (see http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/archaeology/arf/). Since then a large number of projects have taken place which have a bearing on the framework. These, together with changes in the way the resource is managed and the advancement of new analytical techniques, have led to Historic England funding an update of the research framework. But there are key differences in the new project: it is called the North West Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment to reflect a greater engagement with the historic built environment, and will be transformed into an interactive, updatable and sustainable web-based resource.
The first stage of the project is to undertake a resource assessment. This will consist of a review by period specialists of key projects and research findings from the last eleven years, together with an overview of historic buildings analysis and research. The results of these studies will be presented at a Resource Assessment conference on 5th May 2017. Ahead of the conference, draft reports on Prehistory, Roman, Early Medieval, Later Medieval, Early Post-Medieval, Industrial & Modern, and History Buildings will be distributed. As with the previous NW Research Framework, we want stakeholders in the region’s historic environment to have a chance to participate by providing feedback on the resource assessment; after the conference there will be a consultation period in which feedback can be submitted on the reports.
The second half of the project will see thematic and period workshops this autumn to re-evaluate and update the research framework to take account of changes in our understanding of the historic environment and the way it is managed. A final conference in spring 2018 will present the changes to the research strategy and, again, there will be an opportunity to participate in the feedback process. The final resource assessment reports and updated framework will be placed on an interactive, managed website which will have the facility for new projects and data to be uploaded, so that in the future the Research Framework can be kept up to date.
The programme and booking details for the first conference are available here at Eventbrite:
For the CBANW main website see:
As one of the main partners in the project CBA North West is providing this blogging website as part of the publicity of the project. We shall be posting a detailed programme her shortly. The launch conference will be held on Friday 5th May at The Storey, Lancaster. The period reports will also be available to view on this blog and will also be emailed out, together with information on feeding back comments. We also have pages on out blog site for an archaeological/historic environment bibliography which we ant to see evolve over the course of the project with input from individuals and organisations across the region.
Norman Redhead, GMAAS
Dr Mike Nevell, University of Salford