Launch of HEIRPORT at the British Archaeology Awards

Readers will be familiar with news of HEIRPORT and HEIRNET. In 2001, the ADS worked with fellow members of the HEIRNET consortium, the RCAHMS, the Portable Antiquities scheme and SCRAN, to develop a single web-gateway to heritage databases. HEIRPORT, developed by the ADS with the University of Kent and Systems Simulations Ltd., allows users to search separate databases at the same time.

Each year the start of the competition for the British Archaeological Awards is marked by an evening of lectures at the British Museum. This year the occasion also marked the launch of HEIRPORT.

The last six months saw technical teams in York, London and Edinburgh working hard to enable HEIRPORT's target databases at the ADS, the Portable Antiquities scheme, SCRAN and the RCAHMS. It was with great pleasure that the ADS and HEIRNET took the opportunity to celebrate their achievements by launching the proto type web gateway at the BAA lectures.

Alison Sheridan, Tam Dalyell, JD Hill, Julian Richards,
David Breeze and Nina Crummy after the launch

The evening started with a welcome from David Breeze, the BAA chair. Julian Richards introduced HEIRPORT which was then officially launched by Tam Dalyell MP. Tam Dalyell described HEIRPORT as an important and imaginative development and spoke of his personal interests in researching the historic environment. Alison Sheridan, JD Hill and Nina Crummy then each went on to give interesting and enjoyable lectures about recent discoveries. The evening concluded with a wine reception.

The launch of HEIRPORT also marks the next phase in its development. We hope to be able to bring you more news in future about access to additional databases and additional services.

Kate Fernie (email)

For more on either HEIRNET or HEIRPORT, contact Kate at the email address given or visit the HEIRNET web site at

Julian Richards, Director of the ADS, introduces HEIRPORT prior to its launch by Tam Dalyell MP at the Britiah Archaeology Awards lectures at the Britiah Museum.

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