Launch of the Principles of Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment in the UK

On 20th July the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA), Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) launched the Principles of Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment in the UK.

The document was prepared as a response to a recognised lack of consistency in professional practice in cultural heritage impact assessment across the sector. The publication provides the guiding principles to be used by professionals engaged in cultural heritage impact assessment to provide a consistent framework for use across policies, plans and projects across the UK and all types of heritage.

How have we contributed?

Kirsten Holland from our Archaeology and Heritage team was a member of the Advisory Panel during the preparation and launch of the document. She was initially the representative for CIfA whilst sitting on their Board of Directors and continued on the Panel once her term of office had ended. Kirsten participated in the launch webinar Panel Q&A and will be involved in further “Meet the Panel” events will be held by the three professional institutes in the near future to provide a forum for discussion of the document and its application.

Kirsten says:

‘Sitting on the Advisory Panel developing Principles of Cultural Heritage Impact assessment in the UK was an interesting and fulfilling experience. I have always had an interest in the development of professional practice and standards through my involvement with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and this provided an opportunity to get deeply involved in the development of a key professional practice document for the heritage sector.

The strength of the three professional institutes working together was evidenced by the discussions we had in workshops during the development of the Principles and in the consultation exercise with critical friends. The resulting Principles document provides a framework that can be adapted to undertake proportionate cultural heritage impact assessment fit for purpose across the broadest range of policies, plans and projects.’

Want to know more?

For advice related to projects requiring Archaeology and Heritage assessment, contact our Archaeology and Heritage team at our Saltaire office on 01274 714269.

The Principles of Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment in the UK can be downloaded here: https://www.iema.net/resources/blog/2021/07/20/launch-of-principles-of-cultural-heritage-impact-assessment

 



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