The future of CBA South West
Forum and AGM,
16th May 2015 – 11:00 – 16:00
Tamar Valley Centre, Gunnislake, Cornwall
This year’s AGM will take on a very different approach to our previous events. Along with the usual local guest speakers and buffet lunch, the Council for British Archaeology South West would like to invite our members to join us for a discussion, chaired by the CBA’s Director, Mike Heyworth, on how we can build relationships and partnerships to take forward the CBA’s vision of archaeology for all and discover ways in which we can work better in the future to complement and support existing voluntary archaeology activity. It’s also an opportunity for you to tell us what you would like from CBA-SW whether it is more activities, training or advocacy work?
In recent years, CBA-SW has suffered from dwindling committee numbers and capacity and we are aware that we have not been able to work with or for you as well as we would have liked. We realise that lack of communication amongst ourselves and with our members and local partners has created frustrations and lack of promotion and quality control for our activities. We can only apologise for this and inform you that we are working towards resolving this issue and put together a strategy for our future that enhances archaeology provision within our region.
As part of that strategy, we hope to rebuild our committee by making it more representative of the archaeology community in the South West. We are asking local societies to join us in partnership by selecting a representative to join the CBA-SW committee. This wider archaeology forum could keep everyone up-to-date with activities and issues in Cornwall, Devon, Bristol, Bath and Somerset, and Gloucestershire. It could also make your society’s voice heard at a regional level, link up with and feed into national CBA issues, from campaigns for listed buildings, to supporting local authority archaeology and conservation services and reaching wider audiences through the annual Festival and Young Archaeologists’ Club Branches. CBA-SW is here to bring everyone active in archaeology together in the region and support you – but we can only do that going forward with your support.