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Welcome to the UKs Premier Heritage Services Provider

Welcome to the UKs leading archaeological services provider. Whether you require consultancy, fieldwork, design or specialist services ARS Ltd can provide you with the complete solution at competitive prices. Our highly skilled staff include heritage consultants, field archaeologists, historic building recording specialists, experts in finds analysis and environmental archaeology and our design team who produce exhibitions, display boards, books and reconstructions.

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We routinely work with a wide range of commercial clients on both small and large jobs, as well as national and local government, national parks, universities, charities, museums, the Heritage Lottery Fund, community groups and others. Please browse our website which contains information about our archaeological consultancy services and archaeological contracting services as well resources for schools, researchers and the public.

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Client and Community resources

Client Resources

Please find links below to documents that may be of help in commissioning archaeological work. We also have links to policy, guidance and other useful documents on our Planning Information page. If you would like further advice to help with your individual needs please do not hesitate to ring us on 01629 814540 for a free, no obligation consultation. We are always keen to hear from you and you just need to ask to speak to one of our consultants.

Community Resources

Radiocarbon Dating Fund

Archaeological Research Services Ltd (ARS Ltd) and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) have set up a new ‘Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating Fund' (CARD Fund) as of January 2016.

The scheme is intended to provide support to community groups and projects to acquire radiocarbon dates for their projects. The scheme is open to community-based projects throughout all of the UK with a closing date of 30th September each year, shortly after which a decision will be made on which applications are successful. All the necessary information is available on the Fund’s website (www.cardfund.org/) with applications via the on-line application form.

Public Library

The ARS Ltd library, located in Bakewell, is open to the public and books, periodicals and off-prints can be consulted during normal working hours, Monday to Friday, but books are not allowed to be taken out. The library is very extensive and we have a wide range of regional journals covering large parts of the UK as well as seminal volumes and computer access to various online journals. Our library catalogue is now available to consult online prior to your visit. There are copying, tea and coffee making and toilet facilities available. Please give us a ring to let us know you are coming if possible. We look forward to welcoming you to our library soon.

Project Development Service

For community groups and charities looking to get archaeological projects off the ground we can provide free support and specialist project development and application assistance to selected projects. We have a national reputation, and are leaders in, supporting community groups to deliver inspirational projects at local, regional and national scales. Please do not hesitate to contact us at our Bakewell office to see if we can help with your project.