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07.12.2016

Art History saved – but Archaeology qualification remains buried

Schools minister announces new A-level being developed for September

Just weeks after announcing the axing of the UK's A-level and AS-level in Art History, the Government has said the qualifications will be saved after all.

The news follows a high-profile campaign to save the qualifications, led by the Association of Art Historians with the support of the Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of York, the National Gallery, Tate and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Icon promoted the campaign across our membership and CEO Alison Richmond wrote to Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, to highlight the importance of retaining the qualifications. She stressed the value of the qualifications not only in terms of cultural value but economic too: "[Arts, culture and heritage] form powerful economic forces, attracting tourism, exporting culture, art, design and the performing arts to the rest of the world, and in so doing generating billions of pounds of income for the UK. We need to stimulate rather than deter access to these industries."

We welcome the announcement regarding Art History, but would like to reiterate the points put to Justine Greening with respect to Archaeology. 

Archaeology encourages interdisciplinary thinking and an engagement with science by people who may not think of themselves initially as scientists. Studying the subject can be an important part of forming an interest and later a career in the arts, culture or heritage.

Icon will continue to champion routes to conservation and encourage our members to do the same. 

Contact Justine Greening and follow Icon on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Image: Impression, Sunrise (Impression, soleil levant), Claude Monet, 1872; Public Domain

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