The four Welsh Archaeological Trusts, were established in the mid 1970s to respond to the rapidly increasing demands of rescue archaeology and to provide a uniform local archaeology service across the whole of Wales. Based on the county areas of Clwyd-Powys, Dyfed, Glamorgan-Gwent and Gwynedd, the Trusts now provide a broad range of archaeological and heritage services in their respective areas - from the maintenance of Historic Environment Records and the provision of archaeological management advice and educational services to field survey, excavation and heritage interpretation.
The four Trusts are independent limited companies with charitable status, employing professional archaeological staff with a wide range of expertise. The Trust's work is assisted through grants, donations, project income and voluntary support.
The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd, created in 1975, is a charitable company (Registered in Wales, No: 1276976; Registered Charity No. 505609). Its principal objective is to educate the public in archaeology which it achieves by such diverse means as are allowed in its Articles and Memorandum of Association.
The Trust's Main Office and Registered Company Address is Heathfield House, Heathfield, Swansea SA1 6EL.
The work of the Trust is overseen by an elected Board of Trustees, and co-ordinated by a management team formed from senior staff.
The Trust undertakes works for government and non-governmental bodies and private sector organisations.
It owns, maintains and continually enhances the Regional Historic Environment Record, which includes information on more than 25,000 known archaeological and historic sites and monuments and is a prime tool for education and research.
The Trust provides an archaeological planning service jointly funded by the Unitary Authorities and Cadw, Currently more than 22,000 planning applications are checked each year for implications to the Historic Environment. Actions are advised to ensure that proper assessments are carried out and appropriate measures implemented to ensure that Historic Environment interests are protected. As a result of potential conflicts of interest this area of work is separately staffed and funded and governed by a Code of Conduct approved by Cadw.
The Trust also provides general advice through its Heritage Management Services to a variety of institutions and organisations including the Forestry Authority, CCW , Statutory Undertakers, the Environment Agency, National Trust, and the Church in Wales. The Trust is also a reporting station for the Portable Antiquities scheme.
The Trust through its Projects teams undertakes assessments, evaluations, surveys, watching-briefs, building recording and excavations in South Wales and elsewhere. It has had extensive involvement with many major developments in the area. In addition Projects staff carry out area wide monument assessment and historic landscape characterisation works with the intention of improving the information and evidence base to support enhanced protection of the historic environment.
The Trust has also contributed to developing research agendas through publication of its work. It promotes knowledge and learning about the past through publication, displays, leaflets, lectures and talks and seeks to involve the community of southeast Wales in its work.
The Trust is registered as an approved organisation with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (no 15) and requires all employees, whether corporate members of the Institute or not, to adhere to the CIfA Codes and Standards as a condition of employment.