Sharing your information
You should make sure that your work is available to other archaeologists and the public. If you have been funded through a public body, such as English Heritage, the Local Heritage Initiative or Awards for All scheme, you may well have to ensure your work is made available to the public as a condition of the grant. The best place to get advice about where to deposit your project report would be your local Historic Environment Record, or HER (formerly known as Sites and Monuments Records). A full list of HERs can be found at: www.algao.org.uk/LocalGovtArch/HERs&SMRs.htm∞ or for England only www.heritagegateway.org.uk∞
If some or all of the record you have made of your work is in digital format, you may also wish to make these files available through the Archaeology Data Service (ADS - ads.ahds.ac.uk∞), which aims to support the research, learning and teaching of archaeology both by preserving digital data in the long term, and making this easily available for others. The ADS can provide advice on how to go about depositing a digital archive with them.
In addition, the ADS manages the Archaeology Image Bank∞, where you can donate images for use in teaching and research, and also access the other images held on the Image Bank in accordance with the site's terms and condition, accessed through ads.ahds.ac.uk/copy.html∞ and ads.ahds.ac.uk/cap.html∞.
If your project was carried out in England or Scotland, you should also submit your report to OASIS∞ (Online Access to the Index of Archaeological Excavations) so that others can have access to it (ads.ahds.ac.uk/project/oasis/∞) online.
If haven't done so already, you can also create a page or pages on the Community Archaeology Forum for others to see and comment on.
You may wish to share your findings with your wider community by sending a piece about your work, with a selection of photos, to your local newspapers. You could also put together an exhibition. Your local museum may be able to provide some advice with this. For a list of local museums, see the Collections Trust∞. For a list of other museum-related resources see the CBA guide to UK archaeology online∞.
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