Chris Whitwood BA (Hons) PGCE MA FRSA, Director of the Campaign to Save British Archaeology, explained:
“The Campaign to Save British Archaeology was launched in 2021 following the threat of proposed compulsory redundancies among Archaeology and Heritage staff in the Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Chester and news of the proposed closure of the University of Sheffield Archaeology Department.
“The closure of world-leading departments of archaeology can only be described as short-sighted. At a time when funding for archaeological research and for the heritage sector in general is tight, willingly abdicating the high reputation of British archaeology, facilities and academic knowledge risks the future of countless research projects at sites of tremendous historical importance.
“The UK has long been regarded as a pioneer of archaeological practice and technology, with universities often being at the forefront of new research. We aim to ensure that expertise is safeguarded and passed on for generations to come.
“I am delighted at the level of support this campaign has already secured, and I encourage anyone with an interest in saving British archaeology to visit our website, get in touch and lend a hand to this campaign.”