Mayor's Cultural Strategy

MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The word 'archaeology' does not appear anywhere in your new Cultural Strategy. Why?


Answer for Mayor's Cultural Strategy

Answer for Mayor's Cultural Strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is not a new strategy but an update that builds on Cultural Metropolis which we published in 2010 and does not supersede it.  The Mayor's Cultural Strategy acknowledges both the cultural and economic role archaeology plays (pages 80 and 131 of Cultural Metropolis 2010), and the vital supporting role boroughs need to play in supporting it e.g. in planning frameworks. Archaeology is covered by Policy 4.4 (5.4 in the update) which aims to ensure that "the capital's heritage is understood, explored and celebrated by as many Londoners as possible" and includes examples of public archaeology projects in communities and on the Thames foreshore. The Mayor continues to fund the Museum of London to run the world's largest archaeological archive, host the Portable Antiquities scheme and create a brand new archaeological space at London Wall to highlight developing archaeological stories in the capital.