Suffolk Archaeology Community Interest Company has now become part of Cotswold Archaeology.

This initiative builds on the strong history of collaboration between the two companies in East Anglia over the last few years on projects such as Sizewell Nuclear Power Station and the cable connection to East Anglia One offshore wind farm. Suffolk Archaeology’s current premises in Needham Market near Ipswich will from today trade as the Suffolk office  of Cotswold Archaeology, and Managing Director Dr Rhodri Gardner will remain Office Head and join Cotswold’s Senior Management Group.

Suffolk Archaeology’s core operating area of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk is a great match with the territory that Cotswold currently services from its office in Milton Keynes.

CA chairman Tim Darvill signing the agreement with Suffolk Archaeology
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CA chairman Tim Darvill signing the agreement with Suffolk Archaeology

Cotswold Archaeology Chief Executive Neil Holbrook said “I am delighted that Cotswold Archaeology and Suffolk Archaeology have merged operations. We have enjoyed working with Suffolk over the last few years and have the utmost respect for their unrivalled regional archaeological expertise. Suffolk’s core operating area of Suffolk and surrounding counties is a great match with the territory we currently service from our office in Milton Keynes, so the synergies are obvious. Suffolk Archaeology’s current premises in Needham Market near Ipswich will from today trade as the Suffolk office of Cotswold Archaeology, and I am particularly pleased that their Managing Director Dr Rhodri Gardner will remain office head and join Cotswold’s Senior Management Group. Rhod will be a great asset to us, as will his colleagues who between them have decades of first-hand expert knowledge of the archaeology of East Anglia. We are looking forward to harnessing that expertise for the benefit of our clients, and building on their excellent track record of community engagement and outreach”.

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Suffolk Archaeology’s Managing Director Rhodri Gardner said “The merger of Suffolk Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology represents an exciting new development for archaeology in East Anglia. For our employees it will offer increased security and the chance to become a vital part of a larger national organisation with a tremendous reputation for high quality fieldwork and research. For our customers it will very much be “business as usual” in the short term, but we also look forward to being able to grow our regional capacity with the increased investment potential the merger offers. We look forward to working with our Cotswold colleagues in the coming years and using our knowledge and experience to strengthen the business as a whole and provide enhanced capability to all our clients and the local archaeological community”.

This initiative will be an excellent springboard for Cotswold to further develop its presence in East Anglia, Rhodri Gardner will be delighted to assist you.

About Suffolk Archaeology

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service was created in 1974 with a remit to conserve and record the county’s heritage. It originally carried out research or rescue projects as funding allowed, but from the early 1990s the Field Team developed into a self-financing contracting service for private and public sector clients.

By 2014 the Field Team was the dominant archaeological contractor in Suffolk, with projects ranging from small watching briefs to long-running investigations of extensive multi-period archaeological landscapes. It had also expanded its operating area into the neighbouring counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk. This success led to the County Council’s decision in 2015 to outsource the Field Team as an independent Community Interest Company. Suffolk Archaeology now carries out in the order of 150 projects a year and maintains a staff of around 40. Find out more about Suffolk Archaeology here.