Ambrey Archaeology – independent archaeological and heritage consultants.

Covering the West Midlands, Wales and the South West

Written Scheme Of Investigation

Often required as part of planning conditions. We can also liaise with the Local Planning Authority on your behalf.

Archaeology Services

Desk based assessments plus on-site fieldwork including archaeological excavation and evaluation, watching briefs and drone surveys.

Heritage Consultancy

Experienced heritage consultants for your planning and listed building consent application requirements.

Ambrey Archaeology

Ambrey Archaeology offer a friendly and down to earth service to developers, individuals and organisations that need archaeological services and heritage consultancy as part of their planning/pre-planning requirements.

Our small experienced team can guide you through the correct channels, and ensure that any planning, historic building, or other archaeological obligations are dealt with swiftly and cost effectively.

Whether you’re new to dealing with archaeological and heritage requirements or not, we’re happy to provide the guidance and advice you need about your project.

Contact Elizabeth or Tom on 01568 780 918 or via the contact form below for a free initial consultation.

Archaeological and Heritage Consultants

“Since I have been archaeological curator for three district councils I have had the pleasure of working with the team at Ambrey Archaeology. I have found Liz and Tom to be professional and extremely knowledgeable regarding all elements of archaeological investigation.

Ambrey produces high quality, well researched reports including desk based assessments, building recordings, trench evaluations and excavations. Recently Ambrey produced informative and useful heritage impact assessments which allowed developments to move forward without archaeological conditions required.”

Archaeology and Planning Advisor, West Midlands

How we can help

Written Scheme of Investigation

A Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) is often specified in a planning condition, and is the precursor to other archaeological works. It is essentially outlining the proposed methodology for archaeological assessment to the Local Planning Authority.

This is to ensure that archaeological works will be carried out to a required standard and meet planning conditions.

We have experience across many different projects, developments, and local authorities in providing Written Schemes of Investigation and can also liaise with the Local Planning Authority on your behalf.

Click below for everything you need to know about WSIs, including frequently asked questions.

If you need a Written Scheme of Investigation as part of your planning conditions and would like to talk it through with an expert, call Elizabeth and Tom on 01568 780 914 for advice and guidance.

Other Archaelogy Services

Desk Based Assessments (DBAs) and EIAs

DBAs are often requested to support planning applications, and can also form the Cultural Heritage chapter of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for larger schemes.


Watching Briefs

This is when developers require an archaeologist on site whilst conducting groundworks, in order to record and report any archaeological remains, and is generally required as a condition of planning permission.


Archaeological Evaluation

Fieldwork exercises to assess the archaeological potential of a proposed development site. Normally comprises opening trenches and recording any buried remains below the ground.


Archaeological Excavation

An excavation is required when it is known that a development will disturb archaeological remains and allows those uncovered remains to be mapped and sampled by hand.


Archaeological Drone Surveys

To support the recording of historic buildings, monuments, archaeological sites and landscapes.


Listed building and heritage consultancy:

Historic Building Recording

A detailed record made of a building by an archaeologist carried out either to support an application for alterations to a historic building or as a condition of planning permission. 


Church Archaeology

Often required by the Diocese as a condition of undertaking building, removation or remodelling works in church buildings. Sometimes permission is also required from the Local Authority. 


Heritage Impact Assessment

Required when significant changes are planned for an historic building, or if a new development might affect the setting of a listed building or a scheduled monument.


Meet The Team

Elizabeth Connolly

Elizabeth has been an archaeologist since 2003 and has worked extensively for archaeological consultancies across the UK and Ireland, including Worcestershire Archaeology and Border Archaeology.

Elizabeth founded Ambrey Archaeology in 2018.

She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Field Archaeologists.


Tom Rogers

Tom has more than 25 years experience working as an archaeologist and project manager on numerous projects across the UK, France and Ireland.

He joined Ambrey Archeology in 2022 after several years as a Senior Project Manager for Worcestershire Archaeology.

Tom is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Field Archaeologists.

The Ambrey Annals!

Busman’s Holiday Part Two

Busman’s Holiday Part Two

This Easter we were back in Ireland and took in a couple of days on the Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) in County Kerry. This beautiful area is rich in archaeological sites from prehistoric hut circles to promontory forts and early Christian sites, so the perfect...

Keeping up with the Droneses!

Keeping up with the Droneses!

Put simply, drone flying regulations require pilots to stay a certain distance from people and roads. This means that a lot of consideration has to go into choosing a location and a time for flying. As a drone-flying newbie, I'm getting used to carrying equipment...

Ambrey holiday snaps – Cymer Abbey

Ambrey holiday snaps – Cymer Abbey

Cymer Abbey, was a late 12th century Cistercian foundation. Located by a river at the foot of the Rhinog mountains, it was a daughter house of Abbey Cymhir, near Rhayader. The cloisters of the abbey were never completed, and it looks like stones were robbed following...

Our First Guided Tour!

Our First Guided Tour!

Ambrey Archaeology's first guided tour will take place on Saturday 15th June 2019 . We're going to visit the 'three castles' of Monmouthshire - Grosmont, Skenfrith and White Castle - dating from the late 11th century, they were united under a single lordship by 1138....

Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle is one of three in Monmouthshire which for a time were held together for a period to form a single lordship. The other castles were Skenfrith and White Castle. Visiting the three together makes for a fascinating day of immersion in the history of the...

Busman’s holiday

Busman’s holiday

Archaeology isn't just something we's a way of life. So my kids find when we're on holiday; it's not just about family time and not sticking to a timetable, or even about finding the best locations for ice creams or hot chocolates (time of year...

Talk to us about your project

Call Elizabeth or Tom on 01568 780 918 or send us a message via our contact form below. We look forward to talking with you.