The North West Regional Research Framework Update Project

Welcome to the blog pages of the North West Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment Update Project (NWRRF for short). Funded by Historic England this is a three-and-a-half year project designed to update and widen the scope of the original North West Regional Research Framework project which concluded in 2007. It is being run jointly by the University of Salford’s Centre for Applied Archaeology, ALGAO North West and CBA North West. These pages will be updated regularly as the project develops between now and summer 2020.

CBA North West, as one of the few voluntary archaeology bodies that covers Cheshire, GMC, Lancashire, and Merseyside, is assisting in building network links across the region between the voluntary and professional heritage sectors. We continue to liaise with CBA North to build similar links in Cumbria. CBA North West also hosts the project’s blog site, and will be publishing a point-in-time monograph for the new regional research framework for the historic environment at the end of 2019.

There are also several other regional research framework projects running in England at the same time, in North East England, North Yorkshire Moors, and for the East of England for instance, and we shall be posting links to those projects as well.

You can keep up to date or get involved with the project either by regularly checking these pages for the latest blogs or by following @cbanorthwest on twitter or visiting the CBA North West facebook pages ( or the Centre for Applied Archaeology facebook pages (

The original North West Regional Research Framework volumes from 2006 and 2007 can be downloaded from here: