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Historic Area Assessments in Practice, 24 May 2018

Through a mixture of presentation and site-based exercises, learn when and how to implement a Historic Area Assessment (HAA). HAA is a practical tool to understand and explain the character of a place and define its significance.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at heritage consultants engaged in undertaking Historic Area Assessments. It will also be of interest to those commissioning a HAA.

Why should you join this course?

  • This training will help delegates to understand the methodology of Historic Area Assessment
  • It will enable delegates to decide when HAA is the most appropriate approach  for a given planning context
  • There will opportunity for ample discussion through the day and to ask Historic England experts specific HAA-related questions.


At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • To understand the role of Historic Area Assessment in determining the character and significance of an area, and highlighting issues that have the potential to change this character.
  • To be able to specify and carry out a HAA
  • To recognise the difference between HAA and other approaches  such as Historic Landscape Characterisation and Extensive Urban Survey, so that delegates can determine which is most appropriate for a given situation.
  • To understand potential outcomes and applications of Historic Area Assessments in spatial planning, heritage protection and development management

Course outline*

Agreed course programme*

  • Pre-course webinar (date TBC): The scope of HAA 
  • Session 1: Introduction to HAAs 
  • Session 2: Practical exercise including fieldwork
  • Session 3: Making HAAs work in practice

*The outline is subject to change

Meet the course tutors

Geraint Franklin, Investigator, Historic England
Joanna Smith, Senior Investigator, Historic England
Simon Taylor, Senior Investigator, Historic England

Course venue

This course will be held in York and the venue is TBC

Course fee

The course fee for one day is £160, to include all tuition, lunch and light refreshments.

Please note that payment is by credit or debit card and we will require this payment within one week of receiving your completed form, if this is not received your place will be given away. Once we have received your completed form our payments team will phone you for payment of the course fees which is due in advance of the course, your place will then be confirmed.

If you choose to cancel your place within 28 days of the event we will not refund any costs, if cancelled earlier than this we will provide a full refund of £160.

How to book

To reserve your place on this course please email your completed booking form to: and await a telephone call from our finance department in the week following. Your place will not be confirmed until we have received payment.

Download the course booking form

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