The Arts Council England (ACE) and Historic England (HE) are jointly funding a new project to assess strategic options for the ongoing issue of storing archaeological archives. The options appraisal will review existing and future capacity for archaeological archives within England, drawing on previous work undertaken by SMA, FAME, CIfA, ALGAO and Historic England. Existing and possible archive solutions across the country and further afield will be considered, highlighting the potential of each to meet the needs of archive creators, managers and users.
 
This short survey aims to provide an update to the data collected from previous projects, helping ensure we are looking at options with a realistic understanding of future capacity needs. 
 
We appreciate that current circumstances mean you may not be able to access data and information about organisational archives. We've included an option to comment on your confidence regarding answers where you may have to provide estimates.  
 
This information will be critical to helping form a strategic national response to the archives challenge. As such, it is important that answers provided are a formal organisational response and contact details are provided for any follow up queries.
 
The survey will be open for three weeks and close on the 24 July. 
 
We're happy to have a chat through the questions if that's any easier, just get in touch with the team via project manager, Manda Forster (manda@digventures.com).  
 
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1. What is the name of the organisation you are responding about?

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2. What type of organisation are you responding about?

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3. Can you confirm that your answers to this survey are a formal organisational response? 

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4. How many archaeological project archives do you hold (including both active ongoing projects and those ready for long term storage)?

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5. What is the current estimated volume of your physical archaeological project archive?

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6. We know the cost of archive deposition, especially for legacy archives, can be problematic. What % of your undeposited archives have ring-fenced archive budgets?

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7. How confident are you in the numbers provided above?

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8. Do you have any comments you wish to make regarding the specific issue of long-term archive storage?

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9. We will be considering a range of options for the long term storage of archives including using a mixed use premises. Do you think any of the facilities below might be of interest to your organisation? 

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10. Would you be interested in attending a virtual workshop to discuss potential ideas, review some data and query the evidence?

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11. Please provide details below for a relevant person in your organisation who we can contact with any additional queries or project updates. 

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