ALSF Dissemination: Benchmark Report Theme 4C. Outreach: The Sands of time, Aggregates and the public

English Heritage, Julian Richards, 2010

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Benchmark Report Theme 4C front page

The Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) was introduced in 2002, initially as a two-year pilot scheme, to provide funds to relieve the environmental impacts of aggregate extraction; past, present and future. The ALSF is distributed on behalf of DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) by, amongst other bodies, English Heritage, who allocate funds against ALSF Objective 2 (Promoting environmentally-friendly extraction and transport) and Objective 3 (Addressing the environmental impacts of past extraction).

In 2007 DEFRA commissioned the ALSF Dissemination Project, to bring together and disseminate the results of all research funded by the ALSF during the six years between 2002 and 2007. This project, Outreach: The Sands of time, Aggregates and the public is one of three linked projects covering the Heritage theme.

The project reviews the impact that ALSF outreach projects have had in explaining archaeology, the historic environment and aggregate extraction to the widest possible audiences. In the absence of formal standards against which outcomes can be measured, the report provides an overview of current practice through a series of case studies. A guide to good practice in outreach is then offered as is an index of outreach resources, both printed and web based, produced by the ALSF.