The National Standard and Guidance to Best Practice for Collecting and Depositing Archaeological Archives in Wales comprises a suite of documents which aim to make archaeological data, information and knowledge available, stable, consistent and accessible for present and future generations. The Standard for Archaeological Archiving in Wales consists of a set of high-level principles. It represents the standard for archaeological archiving that must be met by an archaeologist or organisation undertaking any form of archaeological work that results in an archive.
This document has been prepared by the National Panel for Archaeological Archives in Wales and is drawn from A Standard and Guide to Best Practice for Archaeological Archiving in Europe.
The National Panel has tailored this document to meet the specific needs of Wales and to offer guidance that supports the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016.
The National Panel for Archaeological Archives in Wales is an advisory body established by the Historic Environment Group with a remit to promote the care of and encourage access to the archaeological archives of Wales.
The work of the Panel is agreed with the Historic Environment Group and the Panel reports on this and on issues regarding the efficient management of archaeological archives in Wales to ensure their continued value as a research resource, their accessibility to the public and their management to ensure that they remain useable into the future.
The Panel is able to draw expertise from a range of organisations. Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales provides secretarial support.
Archaeological Archives Forum
Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales
Association of Local Government Archaeologists: Wales/Cymru
Cadw (Welsh Government)
Chartered Institute of Archaeologists: Wales/Cymru Group
Museums Archives Libraries Division (Welsh Government)
Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales
Society for Museum Archaeology
The Archives and Records Council of Wales
The Council for British Archaeology: Wales
The Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales
The National Library of Wales
The Welsh Archaeological Trusts
Welsh Universities (Archaeology Departments)