Public Statements

Statement on the proposed abolition of A-levels in Archaeology and the History of Art

Issued on Tuesday 18th October 2016

The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain exists to promote the study of architectural history as widely as possible, including in places of education. The history of architecture has always been taught as part of the History of Art A’level syllabus. It also has a long-standing place in the syllabus for Archaeology.

The Society therefore regrets the proposed removal of these A’levels subjects. We will be working with other societies and professional organisations to ensure that opportunities for the study of architectural history are retained in places of secondary level education.

The Society is likewise concerned at the knock-on effects of this decision. Not only is expertise in architectural history vital to the preservation of the historic environment, it is also crucial to the enjoyment and consumption of this most public of art forms.