Sunday, 5 March 2017

Southend Historic Environment Record and the Preservation of Southend's Heritage: The President writes to its Borough Council

The Essex Society for Archaeology & History 

Mr. Peter Geraghty, 
Director of Planning and Transport, 
Southend on Sea Borough Council, 
Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, 
SS2 6ER 

1st March 2017 

Dear Mr. Geraghty, 

Southend Historic Environment Record and Protection of Southend's Heritage 

Thank you for your letter of 11th January, setting out Southend Borough Council's arrangements for its Historic Environment Record (HER). We note that the HER is currently held at Southend Museum. The Southend Museums service is a great asset to the Borough; the town's museums are amongst the best in Essex and stand comparison with any Local Authority run museums in England. Southend has particularly fine and extensive archaeological collections; the work of a museum archaeologist is, of course, very different from that of a planning archaeologist, who must maintain and enhance the HER, identify necessary archaeological work arising from the planning process, prepare a brief to govern such work, approve written schemes, monitor fieldwork, and subsequent post-excavation work through to publication. How many archaeological staff does the Museum's service employ? and is it correct to assume that there are staff whose duties are dedicated to the maintenance of the HER and management of the archaeological resource through the planning process? 

Yours sincerely, 
Adrian Corder-Birch 
President, Essex Society for Archaeology and History 

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