A group of people examining a historic cemetery.
HELM delegates examining a historic cemetery. © Historic England
HELM delegates examining a historic cemetery. © Historic England

Historic Environment Local Management Training Programme

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

We have suspended our national programmes of face-to-face and classroom-based Historic Environment Training.

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We provide training and guidance to help local authorities, heritage professionals, owners and voluntary organisations look after England's heritage. We also train those whose work directly or indirectly impacts on historic sites and buildings.

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 helmb[email protected] to be placed on a waiting list for the course in the event of places becoming unexpectedly free.

Making a Future for our Industrial Heritage

This course will help develop delegates' understanding of industrial heritage assets, to better assess their significance, and identify 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 also local authority heritage staff with less experience of industrial heritage, heritage consultants working with local authorities, relevant interest groups and preservation trusts.

25 March 2020 The Docks Academy, Grimsby 

Practical Building Conservation Update: Concrete-Metal-Glass

This course will help inform delegates from local authority historic environment services on appropriate materials and methods for use in historic buildings. In this session we will be focusing on concrete, glass and metals across all periods.

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. We will provide practising conservation officers with an accessible update to their expertise in this area.

5 March 2020, The King’s Centre, Norwich

19 March 2020, University of York

Design and place shaping; engaging communities in public spaces

This course will help delegates to develop projects which propose city centre improvements. As is set out in Paragraph 124 of the NPPF “Being clear about design expectations, and how these will be tested, is essential for achieving this. So too is effective engagement between applicants, communities, local planning authorities and other interests throughout the process.”

The day will cover engaging communities, understanding how heritage contributes to place, and developing briefs to inform the design process.

This course is for anyone engaged in developing proposals for public space improvements, Project Officers, Planners, Regeneration Teams.

If you would like to find out more about whether this course is suitable for you, please e-mail: [email protected]

13 February 2020 The Old Fire Station, Middlesbrough

There will be further events based across England throughout 2020. These will be advertised as soon as possible. Places will be prioritised based on region in the first instance.

Finding New Uses for Former Military Land

This course will prepare local authorities for dealing with issues around the conservation of heritage assets when they comprise military land. The impetus for the course relates to current and forecast pressure on the Ministry of Defence to sell military land and associated assets, but the content would be equally useful to any local authority dealing with land formerly used for military purposes.

The focus will be on large scale, landscape assets and will thus be of most interest to policy planners and other curators, including local authority conservation and archaeology staff. The day will include opportunities to explore the significance of large-scale former military sites, consider approaches to spatial planning and delegates will be able to reflect on options for managing these sites within the planning process.

06 February 2020, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham

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.

16 January 2020, St Barnabas Church, Cambridge

27 February 2020, venue TBC, Liverpool

12 March 2020, Somerset Cricket Club, Taunton

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]

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.

Easy Access to Historic Buildings and Landscapes

This course allowed delegates to improve their understanding of the statutory background to accessibility within the historic environment and gave delegates an opportunity to explore best practice when managing historic places for greater access.

The course featured:

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

NPPF Decoded: Archaeology

This course was aimed at enhancing delegates understanding of the planning process with regards to archaeology and recent change to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in particular.

Unlocking Historic Buildings

This course addressed a direct demand from previous HELM delegates, who indicated a need for further training in how to interpret and understand historic buildings. A combination of taught sessions and practical exercises gave 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 provided 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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