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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 2019 - 20

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 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.

Statements of Heritage Significance

This course is based on the soon to be published Historic England Advice Note: Statements of Heritage Significance. The course will enable delegates to satisfy the obligation in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for applicants to provide information on heritage significance in order for local authorities to determine planning applications.

The course will include detailed coverage of the new advice, case studies of good examples and an interactive session drafting and reviewing heritage statements.

24 October 2019 Oxford Castle, Oxford

7 November 2019 Crook Hall, Durham

5 December 2019, St Nicholas’ Place, Kings Norton

16 January 2020, St Barnabas Church, Cambridge

27 February 2020, venue TBC, Liverpool

12 March 2020, Somerset Cricket Club, Taunton

Easy Access to Historic Buildings and Landscapes

This course will allow delegates to improve your understanding of the statutory background to accessibility within the historic environment and give delegates an opportunity to explore best practice when managing historic places for greater access.

Delivered by specialists from the Centre for Accessible Environments(CAE), delegates will:

  • receive guidance on the statutory background to accessibility
  • will be given the opportunity to explore key principles of accessibility such as access audits, conservation assessments and access plans
  • will also have an opportunity to conduct an access assessment on a historic building or landscape.

5 September 2019 Peterborough Cathedral

26 September 2019 Priory Street Centre, York

Practical building conservation update: porous building materials

This course will help inform delegates from local authority historic environment services on appropriate materials and methods for use in historic buildings. An emphasis on repair, maintenance and minor alterations will be framed by policy developments that encompass value-led decision making, but the focus will be on Historic England's research developments in technical conservation.

Through discussing the content of Historic England's Practical Building Conservation series and highlighting any changes in advice from the original 1988 series, we will provide practicing conservation officers with an accessible update to their expertise in this area.

3 October 2019, Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Bromsgrove

10 October 2019, Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex

Making a Future for our Industrial Heritage

This course will help you to broaden your understanding of industrial heritage assets, and be better able to assess their significance or identify expertise to help with this.

You will develop an understanding of good practice in securing a future for such assets including their re-use and adaptation.

The course is aimed mainly at local authority planning staff, but may also benefit local authority heritage staff with less experience of industrial heritage, heritage consultants working with local authorities, relevant interest groups and preservation trusts.

24 October 2019, The Edge Conferencing, Wigan

Previous courses

Below are some of our previous courses, which we may potentially repeat later if there is enough demand. To express your interest in these please contact [email protected].

NPPF Decoded: Archaeology

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

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.

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

Keep checking back

Our Autumn/Winter programme for 2019/20 is in development and course details, including dates and locations will be added soon. As well as some of the topics described about, new subjects in development include: Re-Use of Historic Buildings, Statements of Heritage Significance, Industrial Heritage and Place Making. All titles still to be confirmed.

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