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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 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 book a course or view the programme, please click on your preferred course date below.

Heritage Economics and Understanding 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 and the ability to place the value of heritage in the context of development.

  • 1 February 2018 - Yorkshire
  • 28 February 2018 - North East

Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets

This course is based on the recently published guidance 'Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets'. The course is aimed at Asset Managers, Estate Surveyors, Facilities Managers, Planners and anyone engaged with the maintenance and management of Listed Buildings in Local Authority ownership. Calling on a range of expert speakers from the Property and Heritage sectors, the course is designed to introduce managers to the variety of historic buildings and sites, the existing tools for good practice and how to achieve benefits from the historic estate.

The NPPF Decoded

This course is a practical workshop aimed at encouraging the consistent and efficient delivery of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) amongst Development Management Planning staff. Led by speakers from a range of Historic England departments, the course will tackle key problem topics through a mixture of group discussions, case study exercises and expert panels.

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.

  • 16 January 2018 - South West (closed)

New dates to be announced shortly

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.

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.





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