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Heritage Practice Training

Here you can find out about our Heritage Practice courses for heritage practitioners, delivered by our own staff.

These courses offer an opportunity for:

  • Refreshing skills
  • Accessing Historic England expertise
  • Gaining information and practical experience of new technologies and techniques in heritage management, understanding and conservation

Our courses are a mixture of longer residential courses and shorter one- to two-day courses.

Courses available

Understanding historic buildings, 2018 date TBC

This practical 4-day course, based in Oxford, will teach key skills in building investigation, interpretation and recording, where expert tutors will show you how to observe, analyse, hand-measure, draw and photograph historic buildings.

It is designed for those who are either already working - or wanting to work - with historic buildings. To register your interest, please email us at

Measured survey for cultural heritage summer school, 03-07 September 2018

This 5 day residential course is designed to introduce the range of measured survey and photographic techniques currently available through both theoretical and practical instruction. Accurate and appropriate measured survey and imaging data is a fundamental requirement for the effective conservation, management and understanding of our cultural heritage. Such data needs to be cost-effective and sensitive to the nature of the site and any inteventions proposed.

The course is intended to introduce the disciplines of metric survey and photography for those already working in archaeology or buildings conservation who wish to develop an understanding of differing survey techniques.

Find out more about what you'll learn, who will be tutoring you and how to book a place from the dedicated Measured Survey Summer School page.

Salvage and Disaster Recovery Courses

Historic England runs a practical 3-day course that shows delegates how an effective response during an emergency incident can mitigate loss and damage to heritage assets. This course provides hands-on experience of removing objects from an incident location, assessing of the condition of those objects, and following appropriate first-aid treatment and documentation procedures. Participants also learn about how to use essential salvage equipment safely.

With contributions from English Heritage, Historic England, The National Trust, West Midlands Fire Service and an independent conservator, the course is suitable for anybody that might be involved in dealing with an emergency incident affecting a heritage asset. The course is run four times a year (usually in February, May, July and October) and equates to 18.5 hours of CPD from the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Find out more and book your place here.

Other courses

We are also planning to run one-day courses on Curating the Palaeolithic and Historic Area Assessments in 2018. To register your interest, please email us at

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