Legislative Reform


The Legislation Working Group will address several of the key objectives of the Archaeology 2030 Strategy under Aim 3 – Sustaining The Historic Environment. 

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Key Areas:
  • Ensuring that legislation and related policies are up to date, relevant and fit for purpose:
  • Review of the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (NI) Order 1995, (HMAOO) and associated legislation and policies
  • Review and develop effective legislation in relation to statutory protection and designation, Maritime Archaeological Remains, the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland, licencing and enforcement.

Strategic Objectives

Quality and Procedures; Accessibility; Engagement; Protection and Value

Participants and Collaboration

A number of Working Groups will complete research and consultation to establish the need for legislative change in key areas such as archive management, compliance and enforcement. This material will be prepared, and recommendations will be presented to the Legislation Working Group. Therefore, close engagement with the Archives and Collections Working Group (e.g. Create a statutory duty for HERoNI), and the Regulatory Activities Working Group will be required as their outputs develop.  

As well as engaging with other working groups, it is envisaged that the Legislation Working Group will also break out into smaller sub-groups to deal with the development of key topics such as scheduling guidance, and the assessment of significance in Northern Ireland. Close engagement with Working Group 7, specifically as part of their Advocacy focus, would be beneficial here. 

Key People

Working Group Chair: Rhonda Robinson

Rhonda Robinson has been Assistant Director / Principal Inspector of Historic Monuments with Historic Environment Division (HED) since 2013. In her current position Rhonda leads a team with a remit for the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), and is currently focussed on the designation of sites for protection, reviewing legislation and policy, managing and developing HERoNI, and delivering solutions to artefact / archaeological archives management for the sector, as well as working with the professional Institutes to develop a new suite of standards and guidance. She is also leading in the delivery of Archaeology 2030.

Rhonda Robinson, MCIfA, Assistant Director (HED)

Working Group Chair

Draft Working Group Action Plan

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