Greater Manchester Archaeology Advisory Service
The Centre hosts the Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service (GMAAS) which acts as the archaeological curator for the ten Districts of Greater Manchester.
GMAAS staff provide advice across the county on all matters relating to archaeology and the planning process, including appropriate protection and recording measures on development sites. This advice is in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (Department for Communities and Local Government, March 2012), especially paragraphs 128 to 141. GMAAS maintains the Greater Manchester Historic Environment Record to aid this planning process (NPPF2012, paras 169-170).
Developers, planning consultants, and archaeological contractors are strongly advised to contact the Service at the earliest opportunity in the planning process for advice and to consult the Greater Manchester Historic Environment Record (NPPF2012, paras 188-192).
The Role of GMAAS
Association of Greater Manchester Authorities
GMAAS undertakes the following planning work on behalf of AGMA (the association of Greater Manchester Authorities):
- Advising on identifying Heritage Assets with an archaeological interest and understanding their significance
- Assessing the likely archaeological implications of development proposals
- Recommending any necessary archaeological work as a planning condition
- Liaising with planners and developers to mitigate impacts on significant archaeology
- Preparing briefs and advising on written schemes of investigation
- Monitoring archaeological works
- Providing lists of archaeological consultants, contractors and specialists
- Mediating between clients and archaeological contractors
- Preparing research agendas within the planning process
- Enhancing the Historic Environment Record as a planning tool and public record
- Promoting dissemination of results from archaeological investigations
The Historic Environment Record
This is a Geographical Information System (GIS) and linked database of more than 18,000 records relating to known sites of cultural heritage interest. It also includes the recently completed Greater Manchester Historic Landscape Characterisation survey (of c. 54,000 records) and is supported by an extensive paper archive including reports, site records and publications.
Archaeology within Greater Manchester
more than 17,000 archaeological and historic sites known within Greater ManchesterGreater Manchester has an extraordinarily important and diverse history which is reflected in a rich historic environment of archaeological sites, monuments and buildings, museum collections of national and international importance, and historical archives, records and in particular the Historic Environment Record.
The historic environment assets of Greater Manchester include: Prehistoric burial mounds and hillforts; Roman forts; Medieval townscapes and the Post-Medieval legacy of the region’s industrial past (such as canals, railways and textile mills), which together provide a rich resource for archaeological enquiry, study, management and development.
Enquiries relating to accessing Historic Environment Records, archaeological planning advice, and charges, where appropriate, can be made through email@example.com.
Norman Redhead – Heritage Management Director (Archaeology)
Andrew Myers – Senior Planning Archaeologist
Lesley Dunkley – Historic Environment Records Officer
With access to the Greater Manchester Historic Environment Record database, with more than 17,000 entries, the Historic Landscape Characterisation database for the Manchester city region (with more an 40,000 centuries) and over 2000 specialist developer-funded archaeological reports the Centre has a rich resource for Post Graduate students researching archaeology in the planning process. Centre staff have more than 30 years of experience in archaeology in the planning process and have particular expertise in the archaeology of the Mesolithic, Roman, Post-Medieval and Industrial periods. We would welcome research proposals that explore the databases available, as well as the period material but in particular would welcome proposals on the following topics:
- The practice of heritage management and archaeology
- The value of planning archaeology to the public, academia and industry
- Thematic or period studies of sites and material culture
Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service
LG 20 Peel Building, University of Salford, Manchester M5 4WT
t: +44(0) 0161 295 5522