A recent proposal to designate the Cevennes/Grand Causse region as a
World Heritage Landscape shows only four ancient monuments in the Causse
Mï¿½jean, an upland region slightly smaller than the Isle of Wight on the
southern edge of the Massif Central. Such errors result from looking at
isolated monuments instead of landscapes. By the end of the meeting on
22 January, Peter Fowler, FSA, and Charles Thomas, FSA, had shown that ï¿½
far from being a deserted plateau ï¿½ this is one of the great
archaeological landscapes of Europe, shaped by 4,000 years of continuous
and intensive arable and sheep farming, along with resin and iron
A full report of the meeting is available on the Fellowsï¿½ side of the Societyï¿½s website .
29 January: Ballot
5 February: ï¿½Antiquarian Gleanings in the North of Englandï¿½, by William Bell Scott, c 1851, by Simon Jervis, Hon VPSA
12 February: Laurence Nowell, Cartographer, Linguist, Archivist and Spy, and his Anglo-Saxon Atlas of 1563, by David Hill, FSA
New Year Honours: Salon has been informed of another
Fellow who received an award in the New Year Honours list. Professor
Philip Michael Stell, FSA, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for
Medieval Studies, University of York, was awarded an MBE for services
Gulbenkian Prize: Dr J Patrick Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Museum Victoria, in Australia, wrote to say that it is ï¿½good to see the work of Fellows recognised in the shortlist for the Gulbenkian Museum of the Year Prize 2004. Also worth mentioning is another shortlisted project, at Norton Priory in Cheshire. I directed the excavation of the site from 1971 to 1983, by which time the Museum, which won one of the categories in the 1983 Museum of the Year Awards, had opened. Successive directors have continued to develop the Museum and Gardens as a particularly innovative archaeological project, with the herb garden as the latest addition (under Steve Miller's directorship). I am pleased to report that the book based on the excavations and associated research ï¿½ Norton Priory ï¿½ the archaeology of a medieval religious house ï¿½ is about to be republished by Cambridge University Press, after several years out of print, this time as a paperback.ï¿½ Patrick adds that ï¿½after nineteen years developing the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, I took up this post in August 2002. Today (19 January) we start the celebrations of 150 years of collecting, research and presentation by Museum Victoriaï¿½.
Books by Fellows: Last weekï¿½s list of newly published books by Fellows did not make it clear that John Eisel, co-author with Ron Shoesmith of the Pubs of Bromyard, Ledbury and East Herefordshire, is also a Fellow ï¿½ making this the first book to be featured in Salon written by two Fellows.
Architecturally important Little Chef: John F H Smith, FSA, wrote to say: 'I was interested in your note on Sam Scorerï¿½s garage in the current Newsletter. There was an attempt to get this building listed about ten years, but English Heritage turned it down because it felt the conversion to a fast-food outlet had been too drastic. I am not sure I accept this argument as the restaurant is tucked in beneath the canopy leaving the original structure recoverable, and probably intactï¿½. John says that he was more successful in getting Scorerï¿½s church of St John Ermine, in Lincoln, listed Grade II* in 1994, a building that is much closer in spirit and time to the Markham Moor garage than the Brayford Pool County Library building.
He adds that the garage dates from 1960ï¿½1962 (and not the 1950s as stated in last weekï¿½s Salon) and he says that Sam Scorer always used to tell the story that when the garage was newly completed, a passing motorist was so startled he braked and swerved and caused a multiple pile-up. The garage owner claimed that the subsequent repairs to all the cars in the accident went a good way to paying for the cost of Sam's roof!
More on Gift Aid: In parliament last week, John Healey, Economic Secretary at HM Treasury, explained why the Government was seeking to change the rules governing Gift Aid. He said that: ï¿½Since the change to Gift Aid in April 2000 an increasing number of heritage and conservation charities are granting free admission in return for a donation equal to the entrance fee. Charities are able to claim Gift Aid on such donations. This is an undesirable and unintended side effect of the Gift Aid legislation. It is unfair for some charities to be able to reclaim Gift Aid whilst others cannot.ï¿½
Museums and historic houses, churches and gardens using the scheme are costing the Government ï¿½10 million a year, but the Treasury fears that this figure could increase substantially if they do not close off the ï¿½loopholeï¿½, because of the number of charities who were planning to make use of Gift Aid in the future. The Treasury has acknowledged that some museums will lose significant income: the Ironbridge Gorge Museum says that it could lose up to ï¿½100,000 a year under the new ruling. It has therefore promised to ï¿½consult with charities which might be affected, through their associations and representative bodies, on the detail of how the change may be best achievedï¿½.
Leading figures from the heritage, development and regeneration
sectors sat down together in Liverpool last week at a conference
organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund to consider the contribution that
archaeology and buildings conservation make to major regeneration
schemes. Among panel members debating the issues was Taryn Nixon, FSA,
who, when asked whether planning constraints should be eased, said that:
ï¿½questions like this were often found in the mouths of developers who
wanted to sweep heritage away and work with a sanitised building site.
That was lazy, simplistic and unrealistic thinking. They need to stop
thinking of heritage as a constraint and recognise it as an
Making the keynote speech of the conference, Yvette Cooper, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), said that the Government did not want to make a choice between heritage and redevelopment ï¿½ it wanted both. She stressed that the aim of the ODPM is to build sustainable communities for the future, and heritage plays an important part, because no matter how much you spend on economic regeneration, people will not stay in an area that lacks character.
Liz Forgan, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said that the biggest test of whether the Government really did mean what it said would be Thames Gateway, the biggest regeneration scheme ever proposed. ï¿½We have heard this described as an area with ï¿½little or no heritageï¿½ï¿½, she said. ï¿½So what about all the archaeology, the defences and dockyards, the wildlife, and the histories of the people who live there and who will move there? We need to fight this complacency and ask the question ï¿½will we do it properly or not?ï¿½.ï¿½
Summing up the conference, Chris Morley of the British Property Federation said that there had been a wind of change over the last ten years ï¿½ developers are no longer reluctant to work with heritage agencies. John Rouse of CABE (the Commission on Architecture and the Built Environment) said there had been a perceptible shift, but it perhaps affected only 10 or 15 per cent of the development sector. But the architectural and heritage sectors were getting much better at demonstrating how they add value, and developers were beginning to realise the benefits of working with the sector.
An HLF report entitled New Life for Old Places was published to coincide with the Liverpool conference. This reveals through scores of case studies the unique role that the heritage can play in the revitalisation of communities across the UK. Copies can be ordered by calling the HLF Information line, tel: 020 7591 6041.
A recent Home Office proposal to create more space in overcrowded
cemeteries (by digging up graves and re-interring the bodies at greater
depth) has aroused concern amongst archaeologists and revived the debate
about the treatment of human remains.
The debate began last year with the publication of the report of the Human Remains Working Group. This has divided the scientific community by proposing very strict limits on the use of human remains for research and the setting up of a ï¿½panel of expertsï¿½ to oversee the treatment of remains. Tiffany Jenkins, director of the arts and society programme at the Institute of Ideas, wrote a paper condemning the proposals which ï¿½suggest that science should be put second to mystical beliefï¿½. She pointed out that the expert panel will include those
versed in belief systems but not any
scientist or researcher who actually works with remains. There is a
risk, she concludes that ï¿½in the contemporary search for meaning we are
destroying evidence that tells us about humanity. Human remains could
contribute to humanity and knowledge in the twenty-first century. We
should ask them to speak to future generationsï¿½.
A contrary view has been put by Ken Worpole, associate editor of openDemocracy, and the author of Last Landscapes: the architecture of the cemetery in the west. He argues that ï¿½respect for the interred human body is shared across human cultures from prehistoric time. It involves ... responsibility across generations ... contemporary surveys of British attitudes towards grave-keeping and grave visiting show that even non-religious people still attach a great deal of symbolic importance to the grave as a place where the personality of the occupant continues even after death. A belief that the ï¿½final resting placeï¿½ is precisely that remains a powerful consolation in many contemporary belief-systemsï¿½.
Martin Henig, FSA, wrote to The Times on 7 January proposing a compromise: that human remains ï¿½should be returned to the ground to rest in peace after due studyï¿½. Not everyone would be happy though with his further suggestion, that we should ï¿½leave what belongs to the dead with the deadï¿½. There are probably not many archaeologists who would happily see the Sutton Hoo grave goods returned to the ground (providing a field day for modern grave robbers, no doubt).
Fellow John Blair, writing in The Independent on 19 January, pointed out that a belief in the grave as a ï¿½final resting placeï¿½ was a very recent notion: ï¿½there is nothing very radicalï¿½, he wrote, ï¿½about the idea of reusing grave-plots. Reburial after an appropriate interval was almost universal practice in England between the ninth century and the nineteenth ... the bones of the honoured dead ï¿½ the saints ï¿½ were the most regularly interfered with ... those who feel moral scruples about disturbing the dead might be reassured by the altogether more robust attitude of our Christian ancestorsï¿½.
In reality, archaeologists rarely choose to excavate and study human remains: it is developers who sweep cemeteries away and most excavated burials come from building sites: a case in point is the current excavation at St Marylebone School in Westminster, where the school playground is being developed: This sits on the site of the cemetery attached to the medieval church of St Mary le Bourne. Some 500 people were buried there, including the architect James Gibbs, the Methodist pioneer Charles Wesley, and the artist George Stubbs. If Stubbs grave is identified, Liverpool City Council have offered a new grave: Stubbsï¿½s native city wants to bury him with a memorial plaque at the centre of Moorfield, one of the cityï¿½s main squares, which would be renamed in his honour.
Almost as much space has been devoted to the question of the Elgin
marbles in the last three weeks as to the controversial question of
university top-up fees. Very few new points have emerged that have not
already been made a hundred times before, but the British Museum is
getting better at facing its critics and explaining the rationale for
its continued existence. And it is the existence of the BM that is at
stake here, not just the Elgin marbles ï¿½ for the simple reason that
giving the marbles back would open the floodgates to other repatriation
demands and leave the BM empty.
Neil MacGregor, the BMï¿½s Director, thus speaks for all the great museums of the world ï¿½ the BM, the Louvre, the Vatican, the Met, Berlin, Munich, Copenhagen and the Hermitage ï¿½ when he says that such museums are ï¿½an organic accumulation of objects interaction with each other ... the marbles play a part precisely because they can be seen and assessed against other cultures and other works of art ... only in the British Museum can the visitor see how the achievement of fifth-century BC Athens could not have been created without the civilisations of Egypt and Assyria and, indeed, the great enemy, Persia ... and how the Greek reinvention of the human form changed sculpture from Turkey to India, as well as providing the visual vocabulary for the entire Roman world.ï¿½
Another thought-provoking contribution to the debate comes from Salvatore Settis, Professor of Classical Archaeology at the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Pisa. He argues that the Greek governmentï¿½s determination to return the Acropolis to its classically Greek form is to eliminate its Christian and Ottoman past, and that to return the marbles would be to ï¿½sanction the idea that of all the history that has flowed through the Acropolis (in fact, the history of Europe) only one moment matters, and all others must be suppressedï¿½. He believes that history ï¿½with all its stratificationsï¿½ is preferable to the ï¿½return to originï¿½ idea implicit in repatriation demands.
A ï¿½50,000 grant from the Art Fund has helped the British Museum to
acquire an extremely rare 1st -century AD fluorspar cup. This was
thought to have been discovered in a Roman tomb on the Turco-Syrian
frontier by a Croatian solider during the First World War and until
recently was in a private collection in Belgium. It is very likely that
the Crawford Cup, the only other known fluorspar vessel, which was
presented as a gift to the British Museum by the Art Fund in 1971, came
from the same tomb.
Pliny the Elder records that the taste for fluorspar drinking vessels was introduced to Rome by Pompey the Great after his victories in the East in 62 BC. He also says that Nero paid 1 million sisterces for such a cup, made from fluorspar mined in ancient Parthia (Iran). The price paid by Nero reflects the rarity of blocks of fluorspar large enough to carve, the fragility of the material, which meant that many vessels broke before completion, and the beauty of the delicately banded colours.
The BMï¿½s vessel has rich purple and green horizontal veining, which is strikingly highlighted when the light shines through it. Below the rim is a low relief frieze of vine leaves, grapes and tendrils and the bearded head of Dionysus. The cup is thought to have been conceived as a two-handled vessel but the second handle gave way during carving.
The cup will be on view at the British Museum from the end of January. Meanwhile a picture can be seen on the Art Fundï¿½s website.
Writing in The Guardian last week, Albert Scardino, a member
of the advisory council of the Institute for Philanthropy, welcomed the
Goodison reportï¿½s recommendations on income tax reliefs for gifts of art
but he argued that Britain had a long way to go to match US levels of
Charitable donations in the US amount to 1.75 per cent of GDP, or US$183 billion a year. The equivalent here would be ï¿½17 billion, or about two and half times what we give to charity now. Two measures have encouraged generosity in the US: taxpayers can donate shares in publicly traded companies and gain income and capital gains tax reliefs; and they can transfer ownership of art or property to a charity while retaining use of the gift for their lifetime. A gift of a painting valued at ï¿½100,000 shelters ï¿½100,000 of income from tax at the time of the donation, saving the donor ï¿½40,000 that would have gone to the Treasury.
Studies in the US show that donors actually relish the feeling that they are cheating the government out of tax revenue. In reality, Scardino says, the effect is tax neutral because a healthy arts and heritage sector increases employment, attracts tourism, stimulates retail sales and raises the visibility and influence of the nationï¿½s arts and cultural community.
Archaeologists at the University of Birmingham, supported by the
British and Slovene Academies, have discovered what they are calling one
of the most important archaeological sites of the last 50 years, in a
riverbed in Croatia. The site is in the Cetina Valley, described by Dr
Vincent Gaffney, Director of Birmingham's Institute for Archaeology and
Antiquity and Cetina Project Leader, as ï¿½of major importance both
strategically and geographically. The gorge with its mountains provided a
natural barrier, forming a border between the Venetian and Turkish
empires, and between the Roman Empire and the Slavic kingdoms. It thus
holds the key to unlocking over 8,000 years of Balkan historyï¿½. He added
that: ï¿½the majority of the Cetina Valley site is waterlogged and the
level of preservation is quite exceptional. I believe this to be one of
the most important archaeological wetlands in Europe.ï¿½
An initial survey of the site has uncovered finds dating from 6,000 BC onwards. Timbers 3 metres in length are clearly visible through the clear water from the riverbank, showing evidence of late Neolithic/early Bronze Age wooden settlements that are comparable to lake settlements known from Switzerland. A large number of metal and stone objects have also been retrieved that appear to have been thrown into the river deliberately, including over 90 swords, a Roman legionary dagger complete with sheath, over 30 Greco-Illyrian helmets, plus numerous items of jewellery, axes and spearheads.
Another element of the project is the potential for environmental archaeology. Dr David Smith, Environmental Archaeologist from the University of Birmingham said: ï¿½The valley sediments provide an environmental record covering around 10,000 years and hold the key to our understanding of the environment of Dalmatia and much of the Central Balkansï¿½.
Further information is available on the Birmingham University website.
Sussex Archaeological Society is launching a public campaign aimed at
raising match funding of ï¿½1 million to renovate the building over the
famous mosaics at Fishbourne Roman Palace, which have been seen by more
than 4 million visitors since Fishbourne opened to the public in 1968.
The Society hopes that a further ï¿½2.5 million will come from the
Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources. The redevelopment scheme will
also redisplay the museum, improve physical and intellectual access and
build a new Collections Discovery Centre.
Contributors to the campaign are being offered the chance to ï¿½Buy a Brickï¿½ in the new Collections Discovery Centre. Bricks cost ï¿½5 and each donor will receive a certificate. For more information or to buy bricks please email Betina or visit the Sussex Past website.
The Independent reported on 19 January that a coalition of
Cornish museums and councils was planning to rescue the pottery studio
of Bernard Leach from ruin and to mount a permanent display of his work.
Business plans are being prepared to bid for EU grants and Heritage
Lottery funding so as to raise the ï¿½1 million it will cost to restore
the St Ives pottery. Leachï¿½s third wife, Janet, lived at the pottery
until 1997 when the site went on the market as two lots. Local
enthusiasts bought the site to prevent its being broken up, but it now
needs large sums to restore the buildings and Leachï¿½s specially designed
three-chambered kilns, modelled on Japanese prototypes.
The same dayï¿½s paper reported that the survival of a Nazi party barracks deep in the forest close to the German/Belgian border was presenting conservationists with an ethical dilemma: should the building complex be left to rot, demolished, opened to the public or converted to a new use? The complex, called Vogelsang (Birdsong), was used to indoctrinate senior Nazi party members in subjects such as ï¿½race theoryï¿½ and ï¿½the need for total obedienceï¿½. Murals survive depicting muscular Aryan supermen and pliant home-loving women of the type idealised by the party, along with a cinema, swimming pool, beer and wine cellars and bowling alley.
Access to the complex was forbidden for more than fifty years because the area was used as a Nato training facility, but the army is now withdrawing and the area has been designated as a national park. The state government of North Rhine Westphalia wants to use the buildings as a tourist centre and youth hostel, but Germanyï¿½s Central Council of Jews argues that it would be immoral to public money on its restoration and that the site would become neo-Nazi shrine. They want the complex demolished. Local historians object to this and say a new plan should be devised to conserve and present the complex in an appropriate way, perhaps using the Nuremberg Rally Centre and Museum as a model.
Rob Jarman, head of sustainability and environmental practices at the National Trust, was reported in The Times
in early January as saying that the Trust will no longer take expensive
measures to hold back coastal erosion, which is particularly acute at
Studland Bay and Brownsea Island in Dorset, Strangford Lough in Northern
Ireland, Porth Dinllaen in North Wales, and some fifty other sites
around the UK. Sea levels, he said, were predicted to rise by 30 cm
(11.8in) by 2075. Atlantic waves have also got bigger, increasing 10 per
cent in size over the last decade. With the land mass sinking and ice
caps melting, erosion will get worse. Rather than waste billions of
pounds fighting the inevitable, the Trust has started buying thousands
of acres of inland areas that it believes will form the coast of the
future with a view to creating habitats lost to the seaï¿½s encroachment.
ï¿½ a new body that is working to promote Welsh heritage and culture
online ï¿½ has announced a national poll to find the ï¿½greatest Welsh
person of all timeï¿½. Top of the poll so far is Aneurin Bevin, closely
followed by Owain Glyndwr.
The site records that a similar poll was conducted in 1913 when Viscount Rhondda, the coal magnate, offered to pay for ten statues of eminent Welshmen to be placed in the recently built City Hall at Cardiff. Each statue was to be entrusted to a gifted sculptor, with the intention that the collection should not only commemorate the most famous Welshmen of all time, but also provide examples of the work of leading contemporary British artists. The winners on that occasion were Owain Glyndwr, Hywel Dda, St David, Bishop William Morgan, Llewelyn the Great, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Williams Pantycelyn, Llywelyn the Last, Griffith Jones and Giraldus Cambrensis ï¿½ in the interests of sexual equality a sculptured memorial to Boadicea was also added to the list of original ten males!
One of the many signs of incipient old age is that events that you
remember vividly become part of history. Now that the National Archives
releases state documents after thirty years, rather than fifty or one
hundred years as in the past, many more of us will have experienced that
feeling this January, with the release of secret government files from
That was the year in which Mark Bolan and T Rex dominated the pop music scene, and ï¿½Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Treeï¿½ was at Number One in the charts for weeks on end. It was the year that The Exorcist was released, while Ted Heathï¿½s government wrestled with a failing economy, strikes, pay and price freezes, fuel shortages and civil war in Northern Ireland.
1973 was also the year in which Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced and two government ministers (Antony Lambton, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Defence: RAF, and Earl Jellicoe, the Lord Privy Seal and Tory leader in the House of Lords) were forced to resign over a sex scandal. The Cod War in the North Atlantic continued as Iceland sought to impose a fishing limit around its waters and the Yom Kippur War in October resulted in massive oil price increases. Miners imposed an overtime ban and power shortages led to the announcement of a three-day week.
Reviewing this year of misery on the National Archives website at least one is not tempted to say ï¿½things were better when I was youngï¿½. Indeed, the National Archives simply says of the fashion scene in 1973: ï¿½probably best forgottenï¿½.
The 2004 Seminar for Arabian Studies will be held at the British
Museum on 22 to 24 July 2004. Those who wish to give a paper should send
a 200-word abstract to the conference secretary, Dr Ardle MacMahon,
before 15 February 2004. The abstract should set out what the paper
intends to cover, the approach it will take and indicate the
significance of the topic. Abstracts will be considered by the Steering
Committee in early March and a programme for the seminar will be posted
in April on the conference website.
Although not officially published until the end of January, a new book on The Holy Grail by Fellow Richard Barber has already received rave reviews from Nicholas Shakespeare in The Daily Telegraph and Dr Juliette Wood in The Times.
Richardï¿½s book traces the route by which the Grail ï¿½ first mentioned in Chrï¿½tien de Troyesï¿½ unfinished Perceval romance of 1180 ï¿½ becomes endowed with mystery and meaning. The fragmentary poem describes a naive knight who is entertained at a castle where a girl enters, in radiant light, ï¿½holding a grail [a shallow serving dish for meat derived from the French word "gradale"] between her handsï¿½. It was made of ï¿½fine, pure gold; and in it were set precious stones of many kindsï¿½.
Over the next 50 years Chrï¿½tien's poem was completed or adapted by at least half a dozen poets, some of them German, who added their own material and emphasis. The result, writes Barber, was the medieval equivalent of an ï¿½urban legendï¿½ in which Chrï¿½tien's gold dish becomes variously the dish off which Jesus ate the Last Supper; the chalice that stored his blood after he was wounded (Robert de Boron); a stone with youth-enhancing inscriptions (Wolfram von Eschenbach); a divine bottle (Rabelais); an ashtray in a Cairo club (Mary Betts); the casket that contains the Turin Shroud (Noel Currer-Briggs); and a flying-saucer (John Michell).
Hijacked first for its religious potential, the secular and chivalric grail swiftly takes on an impossible attraction for alchemists, conspiracy theorists, esoterics, Nazis, Rosicrucians, and New Agers. Barberï¿½s purpose, Nicholas Shakespeare says, is to hack a path through the muddled, corrupted and conflicting versions of the grail story. His achievement is to rescue the original grail from 800 years of garbled and improbable misreadings.
The Holy Grail is published by Allen Lane on January 28, and by Harvard University Press in March (464 pages, with 8 pages of colour and 23 black-and-white plates, and a full bibliography, price ï¿½25). Full details can be found on the Boydell & Brewer website.
Dr Johnson's House has a display case for sale (ï¿½1237.28 new; offers
based on ï¿½650) bought new in September 2003 from Click Systems and used
for a temporary exhibition. The case measures 400mm wide by 600mm deep
by 450mm high, has a white metal frame and laminated glass lid, with
grey cloth on the floor of the case. Further details from the Curator, Natasha McEnroe.
The Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB), jointly with Arts
Council England, have announced that they will provide up to three
grants of around ï¿½40,000 to ï¿½45,000 per year for three years to support
projects that aim to make innovative and practical advances in the area
of impact evaluation in the arts, heritage and cultural sectors. This
should include the development of robust theoretical and conceptual
frameworks, models, and actual data for the chosen area of study.
Fellowships will be hosted by a higher education institution directly funded by one of the UK funding councils. Fellows should either hold a postgraduate qualification in an area of the arts and humanities or in a social science discipline relevant to the field of impact evaluation and assessment. Alternatively, they should have significant professional experience in the creative, heritage or cultural sectors.
The closing date for this scheme is 9 February 2004. Application packs can be downloaded from the AHRB website.
National Maritime Museum, Curator, History of Timekeeping
Salary ï¿½20,000 to ï¿½30,000, closing date 2 February 2004
The museum is looking for someone to champion the study of the history of timekeeping within the broader disciplines of science and maritime history. That person need not be an horologist, but he/she does need a proven track record within the history of science and the ability to place the museumï¿½s collections into a broader historical and maritime context. For a full job description, see the museumï¿½s website (reference G/CHT).
The Churches Conservation Trust, Director of Development
Salary ï¿½35,000, closing date 3 February 2004
This new senior post involves identifying and developing new and extended uses for historic churches, working with funders in central and regional government. An application pack can be downloaded from www.cfappointments.com.
Museum in Docklands, Managing Director
Closing date 11 February 2004
The Museum in Docklands, which opened last summer, needs a creative Managing Director to work with staff and trustees in delivering the vision of a twenty-first century museum. For further details see the website at www.saxbam.com/arc (ref G/CHT).
RCAHMS, Secretary (Chief Executive)
Salary: not less than ï¿½55,000, with bonuses for exceptional performance and relocation expenses if judged to be appropriate; closing date 1 March 2004
Scotland is seeking to fill three senior heritage management posts at the moment ï¿½ at the CBA, the Society of Antiquaries, and at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Of the three, this is by far the biggest job: RCAHMS is an executive body funded directly by the Scottish Executive with an annual budget of over ï¿½3 million and almost 100 permanent and temporary staff, all based in Edinburgh. The main activities of the Commission are to identify, record and interpret the sites, landscapes, monuments and buildings of Scotlandï¿½s past, promote a greater appreciation of their value through the maintenance of a national archive and to present them by means of publications and exhibitions. The Secretary is responsible for advising Commissioners on policy matters and is the executive head of the Commission, with responsibility for the good management of the Commissionï¿½s performance, staff and budgets, ensuring that targets set for the Commission are delivered and that it works effectively with diverse partner organisations.
Further details and an application form are available from Mrs D D Burton.