Privacy statement...

The Durham River Wear Assemblage (DRWA) project is a self funded initiative established to record and research historical objects recovered from the River Wear in Durham City using archaeology students along with specialists with more traditional archaeological skills from finds drawing to comparative analysis and developing typologies. It is envisaged that this material will be published in volumes of a popular archaeology monograph series, plus papers in academic journals. Once complete, permanent public and academic access to the identified objects of assemblage and their associated research will be achieved through placing object details on the Durham University Museum catalogue. Public attention will be focussed on the assemblage though local lectures, exhibiting in a number of local museum venues. The DRWA positively contributes to the North-East England Research Group's aim to explore the archaeology and historic environment of North-East England.

Although the DRWA project is not directly affiliated to any particular organisation it is recognised by the Department of Archaeology, Durham University as one of their research projects: the Departments MA students actively research many of the DRWA artefacts. In addition, the DRWA project is supported by the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (AASDN) who kindly recieve, on our behalf, public and private funding and oversee the financial governance of any artefact research, photography or illustrating expenditure. The AASDN are an unincorporated charity managed by a group of trustees and are committed to protecting the privacy of their members and supporters.

This privacy statement sets out the way we collect, store and process your personal information in accordance with current UK data protection legislation (the Data Protection Act 1998 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)).

This policy may be updated from time to time to ensure we continue to provide you with accurate information.

What is personal information?
Although the DRWA project has no membership system we do not collect personal information, however, personal information may be collected by the AASDN if you make a financial donation to support the DRWA artefact research. Personal information is information that can be used to identify you. Examples of personal information include your name, title, postal address, email address and telephone numbers. It can also include personal information relating to processes including payment information (such as credit card or bank details), donations, information relating to volunteering, or social media interaction.

What is the legal basis for collecting your information?
The AASDN only collects personal information to enable them to carry out their legitimate interests, to enable them to fulfil their obligations and to comply with legal requirements. The Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland legitimate interests are:
* Fulfilling their duty to members and supporters.
* The sale and supply of services and products to their members and supporters.
* The promotion, marketing and advertising of their services and products.
* Working to improve and develop new and existing services and products.
* Fundraising and promotion of the interests of the charity.
* Improving understanding the needs of their members and supporters.
* Handling enquiries and complaints.
* Complying with legal requirements and regulations.

How do they use your personal information?
Your personal information is only accessible to AASDN committee and authorised volunteers if it appropriate in order for them to perform their role. They may use your information in a variety of ways including:
* To process your membership of the AASDN.
* To send you information about the latest AASDN news, projects and events via print, e-newsletters and email.
* To send you governance information about the society.
* To update your information.
* To send you information about volunteering opportunities and fundraising.
* To provide information for the purposes of research or fundraising.
* To seek feedback in relation to events and services that AASDN provides.

They will not sell or pass on your personal information for other organisations to use for their own purposes.
They will share your information when we are legally obliged to at the request of a government or law enforcement authority.

They will only share your information, when necessary, with third party services or contractors they have asked to carry out a service on their behalf for purposes such as supervising organised activities, communications or research. Your information will not be used by a third party for any other purposes and will be deleted as soon as the service has been fulfilled. The information about members and the e-mail addresses of non-members and organizations who may be interested in our activities are kept on the personal computer of the Secretary and are used only to send information about the activities of the Society, details of events organized by local groups and other items of possible interest. The membership secretary also keeps information about members on a personal computer.

The AASDN take the security of their members and supporters personal information very seriously and take appropriate steps to ensure your data is securely stored. Only authorised personnel are able to access your personal information and all personal information is transferred using secure processes. Their processes and systems are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain secure. They only hold your personal information for as long as is necessary for them to administer their relationship with you. If they dispose of your information, it will always be done so securely

Further information
If you have any questions about DRWA's privacy policy and your rights, please contact us at

For further information about data protection and your rights please visit the Information Commissioner's Office at