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INTRODUCING THE RESEARCH STRATEGY#


Click here for information on how to add information and comments to the Research Strategy.
General measures for enhancing the research resource are described in Building the Research Foundations.


Background#


The regional synthesis that was published in 2006 incorporated a period-based research agenda and identified a series of overarching research themes. This formed the foundation for an Updated Research Agenda and Strategy that was publishedin 2012 and launched later that year at a conference(info) in Derby. That document represented the final stage for the East Midlands of the Regional Research Framework initiative that was proposed in Frameworks for our Past[1] and incorporated a research strategy for the region's historic environment that we hope will be revised regularly on the basis of input to this digital resource.

Compiling the Strategy#


Compilation of the Strategy was coordinated by David Knight and Blaise Vyner, with valuable input from Carol Allen in its earlier stages. It was made possible by funding provided by Historic England and was guided by a Steering Group with members drawn from the curatorial, academic, contracting and consultancy sectors. The project also benefited from the input of an advisory panel comprising a broad range of period and subject experts who advised on all aspects of the historic environment. Beyond this, we consulted widely with individuals and organisations with interests in the historic environment, including developers, consultants and voluntary bodies, together with archaeologists and buildings specialists from the academic, contracting, curatorial and museum sectors. Representatives of other national and regional organisations, including such diverse bodies as Historic England, the National Trust, The Institute for Historic Building Conservation, Natural England and the Environment Agency, were also consulted.

Research strategies were discussed initially at a workshop on the built environment(info) that was convened in December 2008. This generated a draft strategy(info) for the built environment resource that helped to inform discussions at a Strategy Workshop convened in April 2009. Strategies proposed by participants in the latter workshop were incorporated into a document that was disseminated widely for feedback. Comments were incorporated into a final draft, which was circulated to consultees for further feedback. All comments were taken into account during the preparation of the Updated Strategy, which represents a distillation of many opinions on the priorities for future research.


Presenting the Strategy #


Building the Research Foundations

This initial section focuses upon measures that it is recommended be implemented in order to enhance the regional research resource. Discussions with stakeholders have highlighted a number of key measures, which are considered here under the following five headings:

  • Enhancing data quality
  • Making better use of the archive
  • Enhancing published and online services
  • Improving communications
  • Enhancing the environmental resource

Period Research Objectives

The Research Objectives that were defined during stakeholder discussions are summarised for each period in tables designed to show clearly correlations between Agenda Topics and Objectives. For convenience of description, each Objective has been allocated a unique alphanumeric code incorporating the relevant period number (1A, 1B, etc).

For each period, the correlation table is followed by a concise description of each Research Objective and by details of the following:

  • Correlations with Updated Research Agenda topics.
  • Correlations with the Archaeology of the East Midlands.
  • Correlations with the research Sub-Programmes outlined in the Strategic framework for Historic environment Activities and Programmes in English Heritage (SHAPE), published in 2008, and with the Measures listed in the National Heritage Protection Plan(info), published in 2011. SHAPE 2008 and the National Heritage Protection Plan have been superseded, since publication of East Midlands Heritage in 2012, by Historic England's Corporate Plan and Historic Environment Action Plan (HEAP) for 2015-18. However, SHAPE and NHPP correlations are retained in this first digital version to ensure that this information is retained in the digital archive. These correlations will be revised in subsequent versions of this digital resource.
  • Correlations with key period and subject research frameworks (listed below).
  • References in footnote format.
It is hoped that this will provide for each Research Objective a readily accessible source of information that will facilitate the preparation of applications for research funding by stakeholders.

Correlations with other Research Frameworks#


A wide range of period- and subject-based research frameworks has been prepared by Historic England and other organisations. These have been consulted to establish potential synergies with the Strategy proposed here. For convenience of reference, key documents that were consulted during preparation of the Research Agenda and Strategy are listed below.

Prehistory

  • English Heritage 2011 Research Strategy for Prehistory. London: English Heritage
  • Haselgrove, C, Armit, I, Champion, T et al 2001 Understanding the British Iron Age: An Agenda for Action: A report for the Iron Age Research Seminar and the Council of the Prehistoric Society. Salisbury: Wessex Archaeology
  • Lithics Studies Society 2004 Research Frameworks for Holocene Lithics in Britain. Salisbury: Wessex Archaeology
  • Peeters, H, Murphy, P and Flemming, N (eds) 2009 North Sea Prehistory Research and Management Framework (NSPRMF). Amersfoort: English Heritage and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed

`North Sea Prehistory Research and Management Framework`: cover reproduced by permission of Historic England and Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (image © Wim van Vosren Fotografie)
Image 5.2 North Sea Prehistory Research and Management Framework cover image
`Understanding the Iron Age`: cover reproduced by permission of the Prehistoric Society
Image 5.1 Understanding the Iron Age cover image

  • Pettitt, P, Chamberlain, A and Wall, I 2010 A Research Framework for the Archaeology and Palaeontology of Creswell Crags and the Limestone Heritage Area. Creswell Heritage Trust
  • Pettitt, P, Gamble, C and Last, J (eds) 2008 Research and Conservation Framework for the British Palaeolithic. London: English Heritage and Prehistoric Society
  • Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group 2010 The Study of Pottery. General Policies and Guidelines for Analysis and Publication, 3 edn (PCRG Occasional Papers 1 and 2). Salisbury: Wessex Archaeology
  • Working Party for the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Annual Day Meeting and the Council of the Prehistoric Society 1999 Research Frameworks for the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Britain and Ireland. Salisbury: Prehistoric Society

Romano-British

  • James, S and Millett, M (eds) 2001 Britons and Romans: Advancing an Archaeological Agenda (CBA Research Report 125). London: Council for British Archaeology
  • Van der Veen, M, Livardi, A and Hill, A 2007 'The archaeobotany of Roman Britain: Current state and identification of research priorities'. Britannia 38, 181-210
  • Willis, S 2004 'The Study Group for Roman pottery: Research framework document for the study of Roman pottery in Britain'. Journal of Roman Pottery Studies 11, 1-20

Early Medieval to Modern

National Heritage Science Strategy Report 2: cover reproduced by permission of Historic England (cover image © Mary Davis)
Image 5.4 National Heritage Science Strategy Report 2 cover image

`Time and Tide: The Archaeology of the Witham Valley`; cover reproduced by permission of Witham Valley Archaeology Research Committee
Image 5.3 Time and Tide: The Archaeology of the Witham Valley cover image

  • Williamson, T 2007 Archaeological perspectives on landed estates: research agendas in Finch, J and Giles, K (eds) Estate Landscapes: Design, Improvement and Power in the Post-Medieval Landscape. Woodbridge: the Boydell Press, 1-16

Multiperiod and Sub-Regional Research Frameworks

  • Canti, M 2009 A Review of Geoarchaeology in the Midlands of England. London: English Heritage
  • Catney, S and Start, D (eds) 2001 Time and Tide: The Archaeology of the Witham Valley. Heckington: Witham Valley Archaeological Research Committee
  • Foard, G 2008 Conflict in the Pre-Industrial Landscape of England: a Resource Assessment. University of Leeds
  • Jones, M J, Stocker, D and Vince, A 2003 The City by the Pool: Assessing the Archaeology of the City of Lincoln. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Williams, J 2009 The Use of Science to Enhance Our Understanding of the Past (National Heritage Science Strategy Report 2). London: English Heritage


References
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  • [#1] Olivier, A 1996 Frameworks for Our Past. London: English Heritage

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