The City Archaeologist


The Nottingham City Archaeologist, as a member of the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, represents the interests of Nottingham’s archaeology during the planning process.

The City Archaeologist acts as the archaeological curator for the City and helps operate the City’s Historic Environment Policy in conjunction with the City Council’s Planning Department. The City Archaeologist works in line with the Historic Environment Policy, with reference to the Standards and Guidance Documents produced by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, the East Midlands Heritage Strategy, the Nottingham City Heritage Strategy and the City’s Local Plan.

Responsibilities include:-

  • Advising planners when required about the impact of a proposed development upon archaeological remains
  • Determining which sites scheduled for redevelopment require archaeological assessments and field evaluations (both commissioned by developers from approved archaeological bodies)
  • The monitoring of archaeological assessments and field evaluations
  • The setting of project briefs and specifications for any resulting developer-funded excavations and ensuing work to be carried out by approved archaeological bodies under contract
  • The monitoring of all developer-funded work to ensure adequate standards are met

The City Archaeologist works with the Nottingham Urban Archaeological Database (UAD) and Historic Environment Record (HER) which underpin the information in the assessments. These databases aim to provide a comprehensive record of archaeological assets within the City of Nottingham. They seek to inform the management and enjoyment of the historic environment by providing an information service for colleagues within Nottingham City Council, external archaeological contractors and consultants, members of the public (including community and local heritage groups), students and others engaged in academic research, developers, land-agents and managers and national and regional agencies.

The HER is the primary information service for the historic environment within the City of Nottingham. It is managed in accordance with national standards of good practice and aims to continue its development as an accurate, comprehensive and actively maintained resource.

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