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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

Curating the Palaeolithic: approaches to desk-based assessment and field evaluation, 23 March 2018

This one day course, based in Swindon, will increase curatorial expertise in recognising and dealing with important, or potentially important, Palaeolithic remains. Consultation has shown that this is a period of archaeology in which local authority planning archaeologists would like training. The course will help curators to deal more consistently with potential Palaeolithic archaeology deposits on development sites.

Find out more and book your place here

Understanding Setting within the Context of Heritage Assets, 23-24 April 2018

This exciting two day heritage CPD course focuses on the importance of setting when managing heritage assets. The course covers a broad range of issues including; how we define setting and its key concepts, how to assess significance and its contribution to the heritage industry.
With a heavy focus on field trips and practical case studies this course offers the chance for those who are beginning their career in heritage to understand one of the key aspects of heritage protection and a chance for more experienced practitioners to discuss the realities and challenges of assessing setting with experts from Historic England.

Find out more and book your place here

Historic Area Assessments in Practice, 24 May 2018

This one day course, based in York, will show delegates when and how to use the research and evaluation tool of Historic Area Assessments. HAA was developed in response to the growing need to understand the range of values associated with the historic built environment, and continues to be relevant today.

Find out more and book your place here

Understanding historic buildings, 11th September - 14th September 2018

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.

Find out more and book here.

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.


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