West Berkshire Council

Archaeology Nationally

West Berkshire's archaeology service liaises closely with national organisations to stay informed of developments in the profession and to ensure adherence to nationally agreed standards of best practice.

This monument is an iconic emblem of British archaeology

Within national government, archaeology is handled by several departments, although it is the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) that is responsible for the identification and conservation of the historic environment in England. The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) considers how archaeology interacts with planning policy. Archaeological issues relating to agriculture are handled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

English Heritage is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the DCMS and is the Government's statutory adviser on all matters concerning the conservation of England's historic environment.  Their Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) website is also a valuable source of information.

Sometimes confused with English Heritage as both organisations manage many historic properties, The National Trust is a charity that is completely independent of Government. It was set up in 1895 to acquire and protect threatened coastline, countryside and buildings.

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) is another charity, working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology. It is a forum in the areas of research, conservation, education, information, and publication.

The Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) promotes local authority historic environment services and high professional standards. It aims to improve the sustainable management of the nation's archaeological resource.

The Institute for Archaeologists (IfA) is the professional organisation for all practising archaeologists in the United Kingdom, both paid and unpaid, who study and care for the historic environment.  The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the principal professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment specialists working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.