Historic Environment Local Management Training Programme

Our Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) training programme provides training on managing the historic environment for local authorities, regional agencies and national organisations, free of charge. Here you can find out more about our courses.

Training Courses 2018 - 19

We work with partners to deliver courses that:

  • provide advice and practical tools to further understanding of heritage issues and
  • enable people to make decisions which enhance and protect our heritage for future generations.

HELM courses are one day long, and are offered in various locations.

To find out more about individual courses and to book your place, please click on the buttons for your preferred course below.

If you find that the Eventbrite booking system indicates that your preferred course is fully booked, you can email [email protected] to be placed on a waiting list for the course in the event of places becoming unexpectedly free.

Understanding and Managing World Heritage Sites

The course will provide delegates with a better understanding of UNESCO and the value it provides, an awareness and better knowledge of the World Heritage Convention and its relevance in England, the ability to implement, and fully appreciate the nomination process for World Heritage status, and an understanding of the benefits and challenges arising from World Heritage status, including the legislation surrounding the status.

14/06/2018- Greenwich
03/07/2018- Durham
27/09/2018- Ironbridge

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Unlocking Historic Buildings

This course addresses a direct demand from previous HELM delegates, who have indicated a need for further training in how to interpret and understand historic buildings. A combination of taught sessions and practical exercises will give delegates the tools they need to be able to interpret the development of buildings, define their significance and inform decisions about their repair and reuse.

Thursday 12 April 2018 – Purfleet (closed)
Wednesday 09 May 2018 – Bournville (closed)
Thursday 28 June 2018-North East (closed)
Wednesday 05 September 2018 (closed)
Thursday 15 November 2018-South East

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Farm Buildings: Policy and Practice

This one-day course is based around the updated Historic England guidance about traditional farm buildings, and will cover the significance of farm buildings and farmsteads, why they are at risk of disrepair and neglect, options for sustainable re-use, and how you can use the Farmstead Assessment Framework to underpin decision-making.

Our key target audience is conservation officers/local planners, but also practitioners (conservation architects etc.) that are involved in the planning process. We will also welcome National Park Planning Committee members who make decisions about these buildings.

Courses locations available:

18/10/2018 South Downs

23/11/2018 Northeast

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Post-Modern Architecture: An Introduction to Significance

This event will look at the emerging significance of our Post-Modern Architectural legacy. Described in the current The Return of the Past: Post-Modernism in British Architecture exhibition (Sir John Soane’s Museum) as “one of the most inventive periods in British architectural history”, our recent architectural past is now reaching maturity and key buildings and sites are viewed as part of our architectural heritage. The one-day event will cover the history of Post-Modern Architecture, identifying significance, including local interest, and managing change and retaining significance in postmodern buildings.

29/06/2018 Historic England, Canon Bridge House, London

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Coastal Development Projects and the Historic Environment

This course is primarily aimed at heritage and non-heritage professionals in Local Authorities, as well as contractors, who are involved in coastal development projects. It will be of particular benefit to those with responsibility for the historic environment as a national or local curator so that they understand the pre-application and examination processes for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.

18 September 2018, Chatham Dockyard

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Shoreline Management Plans: Erosion Risk and Flood Management

Learn to evaluate how the historic environment comprises a meaningful component in Shoreline Management Plan making.

09 October 2018, Lowestoft

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Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets

This course for people engaged with the maintainance of Listed Buildings in Local Authority ownership will introduce delegates to the variety of historic buildings and sites, the existing tools for good practice and how to achieve benefits from the historic estate.

17 October 2018, Bristol

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The NPPF Decoded: Plan Making

Join this course led by sector experts to learn how to include heritage in Local Plans.

01 November 2018 National Justice Museum, Nottingham.

08 November 2018 Central London, venue tbc.

06 December 2018 The Storey, Lancaster.

17 January 2019, Armada House, Bristol

07 February 2019, The Maltings, Ely

Further events for this course with venues tbc

  • 28 March 2019, Yorkshire Region.

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Understanding Heritage Economics and the Development Process


This course will provide delegates with:

  • An understanding of the risk associated with heritage specific development projects
  • An appreciation of the way in which development appraisals are carried out
  • A better understanding of the perspective of the developer and their processes when dealing with a historic development
  • The ability to place the value of heritage in the context of development

15 November 2018, Wheatstone Hall, Museum of Gloucester

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NPPF Decoded: Archaeology

Join this course to enhance your understanding the planning process with regards to archaeology and recent change to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in particular.

13/12/2018 Shaw House, Newbury
31/01/2019 Friends Meeting House, Euston, London
28/02/2019 Historic England Office, York
14/03/2019 The Priory Rooms, Birmingham

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