Developing the Agenda and Strategy  This project commenced in January 2008 and concluded with the publication in March 2102 of East Midlands Heritage: An  Updated Research Agenda and Strategy for the Historic Environment of the East Midlands and a stakeholder conference at  the Derby Roundhouse in September 2012. The Updated Research Agenda and Strategy represents the final phase for the East Midlands of the Regional Research  Framework initiative proposed in the 1996 English Heritage document Frameworks for Our Past. It built upon The East  Midlands Archaeological Resource Assessment and Research Agenda, which was published in 2006 after extensive  consultations between members of the region's historic environment community (Cooper, N, ed. 2006. The Archaeology of  the East Midlands. Leicester: University of Leicester Archaeology Monograph 13). It sought to update the published agenda  to take account of changing research priorities and to progress from the definition of research questions to the  formulation of an agreed strategy for their investigation.  This project was co-ordinated by David Knight and Blaise Vyner, building upon work carried out in collaboration with Carol  Allen from January 2008 to April 2009. It was made possible by partnership funding provided by English Heritage, and was  guided by a Steering Group with members drawn from the curatorial, academic, contracting and consultancy sectors. We  also established a Technical Advisory Panel, comprising a broad range of period and subject experts who between them  were able to offer specialist advice on all aspects of the historic environment. Beyond this, we sought to engage widely  with historic environment stakeholders across the region. We currently have a contact list of over 800 individuals, which  grows steadily as additional organisations and individuals with a strong stake in the regional heritage are added.   Updating the Agenda  Several years have passed since publication of The Archaeology of the East Midlands, and it was agreed by the Steering  Group that the published Agenda should be updated prior to commencing work on the Strategy. This was deemed  necessary to ensure the inclusion of important new research, to embrace new concerns such as the impact of climate  change upon the region's archaeological and built heritage and to formulate a more holistic approach to the historic  environment. Our first task, therefore, was to summarise the published Agenda and to circulate the summary for stakeholder comment.  That summary provided the foundation for an Agenda Seminar in May 2008, aimed at updating the Research Agenda and  identifying priorities for further research. We revised the original Agenda on the basis of input from Steering Group and  Technical Advisory Panel members, comments received at the Agenda Seminar and correspondence from Consultees.  Stakeholder feedback at the Seminar highlighted the desirability of further consultation on the built environment resource,  and it was decided to arrange a separate Built Environment Workshop in December 2008 for built environment specialists.  The principal aim of this meeting was to identify research priorities that could be integrated into the regional Agenda and  to consider potential research strategies. The event was well supported, and generated documents summarising the  agreed research priorities and the strategies for addressing these that were recommended by attendees. These documents  were then distributed to workshop attendees for comment, revised on the basis of these and incorporated into a revised  Updated Research Agenda that was circulated to Consultees in advance of a Strategy Workshop arranged for April 2009. Presenting the Agenda and Strategy  It was agreed, in consultation with the Steering Group, that the most useful product would be a concise, easily referenced  and readable document integrating Agenda and Strategy in a tabular format. We devised a series of tables aimed at  summarising succinctly by period the Agenda Topics identified by consultees and the Research Objectives that it was  agreed could usefully advance understanding. Separate tables bringing together environmental issues were included in the  draft document that was distributed in advance of the Strategy Workshop, but environmental research themes and  strategies have subsequently been integrated into all periods. Research Agenda Themes are colour-coded in tables such as that shown below. Within each Theme, key Agenda Topics  are listed and assigned a numerical code:  Tables listing Research Objectives are designed to be viewed on the facing page of the published booklet, emphasising  the close integration between Agenda and Strategy and facilitating correlation between Agenda Topics and Research  Objectives. Links between Topics and Research Objectives are denoted by solid circles, as shown below on the table  devised for the Post-Medieval period: The tables are supplemented by summary descriptions of each Research Objective, including details of correlations with  other period or subject research strategies, supporting references in footnote format and, where space permits, an  illustration to amplify the description. This provides for each Research Objective a readily accessible source of information  that it is hoped will facilitate further research and funding applications by stakeholders. An example of one of the  Objectives recommended for the Post-Medieval period is shown below. Developing the Research Strategy  The most challenging stage of this project was the development of an agreed historic environment research strategy.  Options were discussed at the 2009 Strategy Workshop, following circulation of a draft document incorporating Updated  Research Agenda tables and a template for the proposed Strategy tables. Research Objectives proposed by participants  were incorporated on the day into a draft strategy document that was then widely circulated for stakeholder feedback.  Comments on this document, together with proposals made at the preceding Built Environment Workshop, were  incorporated into a revised Updated Research Agenda and Strategy. Draft period syntheses, incorporating for each period  an Updated Research Agenda table, Research Objectives table and a summary description of each Research Objective, were  circulated to consultees for comment and were revised to create the document published in March 2012. The project culminated in a well-attended and stimulating day conference at the Derby Roundhouse in September 2012.  This comprised presentations by stakeholders from across the historic environment spectrum on research projects  spanning the Palaeolithic to Modern periods.  The published volume is available in digital form from the websites of Trent & Peak Archaeology and English Heritage. In  addition, hard copies may be obtained free of charge from Christine Kyriacou at York Archaeological Trust  (ckyriacou@yorkat.co.uk). Introduction Top  Future Developments and Contact Details
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East Midlands Heritage: An Updated Research Agenda and Strategy for the Historic Environment of the East Midlands 
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The Archaeology of the East Midlands, published by University of Leicester Archaeological Services in 2006, provided the foundation for the Updated Research Agenda and Strategy that was published six years later  (images ŠULAS and Trent & Peak Archaeology) Integrating archaeology and the built environment: the gardens of Lyveden New Bield in Northamptonshire preserve an exceptional range of earthworks and sub-surface remains permitting detailed study of this early garden landscape, now maintained by the National Trust. The unfinished gardens, created by Sir Thomas Tresham from 1595 to his death in 1605, provide a rare insight into early garden design in England. Visitors would have been guided from nearby Lyveden Manor through an intricate complex of orchards, terraces, moats and viewing mounds, including this unusual spiral ('snail') mound, before reaching the imposing garden lodge that stands beyond the moat encircling the mound (photograph: D. Knight) Derby Roundhouse, opened in 1839 as a repair shed for steam locomotives and now the focus of Derby College's new vocational complex, provided an atmospheric venue for the formal launch of the published Agenda and Strategy (photograph: E. Knight)