What it does: the Archaeological Archives team maintains, compiles and transfers for curation, the records and materials generated from Historic England excavation projects. It develops and promotes standards in the treatment, care, compilation and dissemination of archaeological archives. The team is involved in the creation of international standards in archive practice and has particular skills and expertise in the archiving of digital data. There are three archive stores at Fort Cumberland, where material from our archaeology projects that has not yet been transferred into permanent storage is managed, and access to this material can be provided for research, as well as access to our collections information management systems and procedures. Anybody who has a research interest in archaeological archives should talk to us. The team also manage the digital data collection systems during fieldwork and post-excavation, and have extensive expertise in the provision of hardware for trench-side recording and the management of software for site and post-excavation records. They also have responsibility for the Historic England Research Reports (https://historicengland.org.uk/research/research-results/research-reports/), providing access to over 8,000 reports covering specialist analysis across England. USP: a number of issues related to archaeological archives have been the subject of various projects funded by Historic England. These include the capacity of regional museums, the extent of archaeological expertise in museums, the charges applied to the deposition of archaeological archives in museums, the rationalisation of museum collections and the creation of digital archives. The subject of archaeological archives currently has a very high profile and it is expected that this will not diminish. There is huge scope for archive-related research which the Archaeological Archives team are uniquely placed to support.
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