Two women carrying out a land survey.

Land survey being carried out.
Land survey being carried out.

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, Friday 25 January 2019 and Birmingham Friday 28 June 2019

This one-day course 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.

This course is now fully booked.

Find out more

Understanding Setting within the Context of Heritage Assets, Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March 2019

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 23 May 2019

This one day course, based in York, will show delegates when and how to use the research and evaluation tool of Historic Area Assessments. This tool was developed in the 2000s in response to the growing need to understand the range of values associated with place, and continues to be relevant today. Historic England has recently published guidance on the subject. 

Find out more and book your place here

Understanding Historic Buildings, 16-19 September 2019

This practical four 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

The present slots for this course are now all fully booked.

Please email [email protected] if you want to be added to the waiting list for future opportunities to attend the course.

Find out more.

Introduction to Landscape Archaeology (dates TBC)

Learn observational and interpretative skills of landscape archaeology by taking part in our three-day course amidst the historic surroundings of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, and in the uplands of Swaledale, Yorkshire, where expert tutors will introduce you to the field practice of "reading the landscape".

Find out more and book here

Measured survey for cultural heritage summer school, (dates TBC)

This five-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.

Building Services Engineering and Historic Buildings, 20 March 2019

This one-day course will consider the key principles of installing building services in historic buildings. You will come away from the course with a good understanding of how to procure a successful building services project and when it is complete the importance of maintaining your building services installation.
It is designed for those who are either already working - or wanting to work - with historic buildings.

Find out more and book here

Salvage and Disaster Recovery Courses

All 2019 courses fully booked. February 2020 next course with availability.

Historic England runs a practical three-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.

Was this page helpful?