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DCMS failing to lead heritage science community - claims Lords' Science Committee

The need to protect £7.4bn contribution by heritage tourism to the UK economy justifies greater Government priority for heritage science...

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has today called upon the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to provide adequate leadership for heritage science.

In many respects, the follow up report presents a good news story. The recommendations made in the Committee's first report on heritage science (published in 2006) received a positive response, and their impact has been significant and lasting: the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have developed a joint Science and Heritage Programme, and the heritage science community have published a National Heritage Science Strategy and appointed a National Heritage Science Forum.

Whilst acknowledging the role of the heritage science community and improvements in this area since 2006, the Committee remains concerned about the approach of DCMS to heritage science and calls on DCMS to take action:

- Appoint a Chief Scientific Officer without further delay
- Set departmental objectives for heritage science that relate to its departmental responsibility to "protect our national cultural heritage"
- DCMS arm's length bodies to set out how they will help achieve these objectives.

For the full report please go to

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/science-and-technology-committee/news/science-heritage-report-published/

 

 
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