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Cultural and academic institutions welcome the creation of the National Heritage Science Forum

3 January 2012

*Press Release*

The setting up the National Heritage Science Forum has been welcomed by cultural and academic institutions across the UK. This membership organisation will enable institutions to:

  • collaborate and develop partnerships in heritage science initiatives
  • develop a unifying voice to respond to heritage science issues
  • develop and link research tools and resources
  • share skills and equipment
  • promote and demonstrate the public benefit of heritage science

Commenting on the appointment of Dr Rowena Banerjea as the Forum co-ordinator, Professor May Cassar, Programme Director for Science and Heritage, said:  ‘This is a welcome and timely appointment. The Forum, supported by Dr Banerjea will provide the platform needed to address the research and professional needs of institutions engaged in heritage science.’

In 2005-2006, the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry on Science and Heritage highlighted:

  1. the lack of available new talent to replace retiring conservation scientists;
  2. the fragmentary nature of the sector, and
  3. the failure of the community to identify national priorities and to develop vision.

In response, the heritage sector published a heritage science strategy ( in March 2010 which recommended the setting up of a National Heritage Science Forum to address the issues raised by the Inquiry and to implement the strategy objectives.

Dr. Rowena Banerjea has a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading. For further details about the National Heritage Science Forum please contact Dr. Banerjea by email at or by telephoning 020 3108 9006.