The project team is grateful to Historic England for funding this project, from the initial resource assessment through to preparation of this interactive digital resource, and in particular to Historic England staff members Tim Allen, the late Jon Humble, Jill Hummerstone, Helen Keeley, Dan Miles, Paddy O’Hara, Adrian Olivier, Kathy Perrin and Jim Williams for their help and advice at various stages of the project.

Compilation of the County and Regional Overviews  was facilitated by the participation of a large number of individuals and organisations. Thanks go to the contribution of the local authority archaeologists and the support of their organisations in producing many of the county resource assessment papers: Dave Barrett and Andy Myers of Derbyshire County Council, Peter Liddle, Richard Knox and Fred Hartley of Leicestershire County Council, Richard Clark and Anne Graf, formerly of Leicester City Council, Mark Bennett of Lincolnshire County Council, Jenny Ballinger of Northamptonshire County Council, Glenn Foard and Sandy Kidd, formerly of Northamptonshire County Council, and Mike Bishop, Virginia Baddeley, Jason Mordan and Ursilla Spence of Nottinghamshire County Council. In addition, county resource assessment papers were also provided by James Albone, Andy Chapman, Patrick Clay, Oliver Creighton, Naomi Field, David Hall, Steve Membery, the late Peter Neaverson, Mike Osbourne, Greg Philips and Neil Wright. Leicestershire County Council provided the venue for the seminars at County Hall and Snibston Discovery Park. Our thanks go to all the delegates who attended the seminars, in particular the invited chairs and discussants: Rob Young, Francis Pryor, Mike Parker Pearson, John Collis, Steve Willis, Alan McWhirr, Jeremy Taylor, Paul Blinkhorn, the late Alan Vince, Patrick Ottaway, Carenza Lewis, the late Paul Courtney, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Antony Streeten and Marilyn Palmer. Copy editing of the final volume was undertaken by Pam Lowther who also provided the French translation of the summary. Thanks are due to David and Sabine Wigg-Wolf for providing the German translation, whilst Isabel Holroyd undertook the daunting task of producing the index. Patrick Clay project managed the exercise and contributed to the editing of the text and illustrations. University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History supported the editor and project manager throughout this process and a special mention goes to Graeme Barker and Marilyn Palmer.

Production of the illustrations in the Archaeology of the East Midlands was co-ordinated by Matt Beamish who also produced Figures 2-4, 18, 22, 30, 34, 39, 70 and 71. Matt Beamish and Joe Skinner produced Figures 1, 2, 13, 19, 20, 24, 27, 29, 33, 36-38, 41, 43, 48, 50, 54, 59, 65, 68; Figures 2 and 3 are reproduced by permission of the British Geological Survey (© NERC, All rights reserved, IPR/49-36C); Figures 7-15 were supplied by John McNabb and revised by Matt Beamish and Joe Skinner; Figure 16 was drawn by Judith Dobie and is reproduced courtesy of Historic England; Figures 5, 6, 17, 34, 57, 58, 69-72 are courtesy University of Leicester Archaeological Services; Figure 21 is by Daryl Garton, courtesy Trent and Peak Archaeology; Figures 23, 25, 35 and 49 are courtesy Derbyshire County Council; Figures 28, 39, 52 and 53 are courtesy Leicestershire County Council; Figure 26 is by Graham Norrie, courtesy Birmingham Archaeology; Figure 31 is courtesy Trent and Peak Archaeology; Figure 32 is by Naomi Field, courtesy Lindsey Archaeological Trust; Figure 40 is reproduced courtesy of Lincoln City Council; Figure 44 is courtesy of M.S. Gorin. Figures 45-46 are by Jo Story, University of Leicester; Figure 51 is by Glyn Coppack, Historic England; Figures 55-56 are by Marilyn Palmer, University of Leicester; Figures 60-64 and 66-67 are by Garry Campion. The cover was designed by Kamlesh Chandarana at University of Leicester Audio Visual Services using photographs courtesy of Derbyshire County Council and ‘The British Cave Art Project’. The frontispiece was provided by courtesy of The British Museum.

A photo of a group of people eating, drinking and chatting, inside an ex-industrial building.

Derby Roundhouse, opened in 1839 as a repair shed for steam locomotives and now part of Derby College, provided an atmospheric venue for the formal launch in September 2012 of the Updated Agenda and Strategy publication (photograph: Emily Knight)

Compilation of the Updated Research Agenda and Strategy benefited significantly from the advice and encouragement provided by members of the project’s Steering Group, comprising Dave Barrett, Richard Clark, Glyn Coppack, Mick Jones, Beryl Lott, Jason Mordan, Fiona Newton, Mark Pearce, Ken Smith, Ursilla Spence, Alison Williams and Jim Williams. The project also benefited greatly from the input of a wide range of specialist advisors: Mark Bennet, Richard Buckley, Garry Campion, Patrick Clay, Simon Collcutt, Lynden Cooper, Nick Cooper, the late Paul Courtney, Lee Elliott, Colin Haselgrove, Andy Howard, the late Jon Humble, Ann Inscker, Judith Jesch, Howard Jones, Richard Jones, Lloyd Laing, Chris Loveluck, John McNabb, Sarah Metcalfe, Angela Monckton, James Rackham, Richard Sheppard, Jeremy Taylor and Steven Willis. We would also like to thank the leaders of the several seminar and workshop sessions that accompanied the preparation of the Strategy. These include many of the above, together with John Beckett, Pauline Beswick, Joseph Elders, Colum Giles, Susan Hardwick, Barry Joyce, Tom Lane, Kevin Leahy, Andy Myers and Marilyn Palmer.

Particular thanks are also due to the many other individuals who have provided written comments on the circulated draft texts and who have helped us to compile the illustrations, namely Marcus Abbott, James Albone, Magnus Alexander, Peter Allen, Wayne Allum, Mike Andrews, Naomi Archer, David Ashton Hill, Rachel Atherton, Michael Avery, Anna Badcock, Colin Baker, Paul Bahn, John Barnatt, Matt Beamish, Bill Bevan, Mike Bishop, Ed Blinkhorn, Will Bowden, David Bridgland, Jim Brightman, Christopher Brooke, Katherine Bryson, Henry Buglass, Charlotte Burrill, Graham Cadman, Gill Campbell, John Carney, Adrian Chadwick, Andrew Chamberlain, Andy Chapman, John Collis, Rod Conlon, Glyn Coppack, Pam Cook, Tim Cooper, Max Craven, Arthur Cross, John Cruse, Chris Cumberpatch, Maggi Darling, Mary Davis, Richard Davis, Glyn Davies, Tim Evans, Edward Faber, Keith Falconer, Naomi Field, Neil Finn, Simon Fitch, Glenn Foard, Paul French, Daryl Garton, Anthony Gimpel, Graeme Guilbert, David Hall, Rachael Hall, Clive Hart, Fred Hartley, Dave Hayward, Frances Healy, Adrian Henstock, Dave Hibbitt, Ruth Howden, Anne Irving, Andrew Jackson, the late Dennis Jackson, Thomas Jolliffe, Jeffrey Keays, Richard Knox, Neil Lambert, Jonathan Last, Ruth Leary, Christina Lee, Peter Liddle, Scott Lomax, Roy Loveday, Alan MacCormick, Steve Malone, Martin Millett, Lisa Moffett, Dick Mol, Gwladys Monteil, Andy Mudd, Will Munford, Peter Murphy, Paul Nathanail, Colin Palmer-Brown, Tracey Partida, Steve Parry, Paul Pettitt, Greg Phillips, Mike Pitts, Shirley Priest, Philip Riden, Jim Rose, Jim Rylatt, Simon Savage, Barry Smith, David Start, David Stocker, David Strange-Walker, Hilary Sylvester, John Thomas, Pat Tinkler, Clive Waddington, Graeme Walker, Ian Wall, Chris Wardle, David Watt, Tom White, Ed Wilson, Pete Wilson, Hugh Winfield, James Wright and the late Gordon Young. Special thanks are also due to Alison Wilson for help with circulating report drafts, replying to respondents and assistance with archiving and to Jim and Shirley Priest for assistance with the scanning of images. We would like to extend thanks finally to Alan Marshall of Heron Recreations for his work on the design of the published  volume,  to Louise Ennis for assistance with copy-editing and proofreading and to the staff of the Buxton Press for expediting publication.

Compilation of this Interactive Digital Resource has benefited from extensive discussions with Tim Allen, Edmund Lee, Dan Miles, David Mullin and Jim Williams of Historic England, and with past and present Steering Group members Anna Badcock, Steve Baker, Dave Barrett, Jim Brown, Richard Clark, Patrick Clay,  Nick Cooper, Ian George, Mark Holmes, David Ingham, Louise Jennings, Mick Jones,  Carenza Lewis, Beryl Lott, Jason Mordan, Liz Mordue, Fiona Newton, Matt Nicholas, Marilyn Palmer, Mark Pearce, Ken Smith, Ursilla Spence and Alison Williams. We would also like to record special thanks to specialist advisors  Richard Buckley, Garry Campion, Simon Collcutt, Lynden Cooper,  Lee Elliott, Rachael Hall, Colin Haselgrove, Andy J Howard,  Ann Inscker, Judith Jesch, Howard Jones, Richard Jones, Chris Loveluck, Sarah Metcalfe, Angela Monckton, James Rackham,  Jeremy Taylor and Steven Willis for their continued interest and involvement in this project.  The first version of this digital resource was created by Jenny O’Brien under the guidance of Michael Charno, both of the Archaeology Data Service in the University of York, and benefited from discussions with other ADS staff members Catherine Hardman, Katie Green, Jo Gilham, Louisa Matthews and Paul Young.  This first resource was developed and maintained by Tina Roushannafas and Samantha Stein, the last of whom created an environmental database in liaison with Angela Monckton, Matt Nicholas and Jim Williams. The project’s Facebook and Twitter pages were developed by Alison Montgomery. This WordPress version of the digital resource was developed as one component of a Historic England-funded  initiative aimed at creating a common digital platform for English regional research frameworks, and was developed by Doug Rocks-MacQueen and David Mullin in close liaison with Dan Miles. It has been enhanced with the assistance of Victoria Owen of Trent & Peak Archaeology, who has assumed responsibility for development of the associated  social media accounts.