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Webinars

Historic England's webinars are free to register for and provide an interactive and immersive live online learning experience on a variety of topics relevant to the heritage sector and support Historic England's 'Historic Environment, Local Management' - 'HELM' training programme. Our resources also include the 'Technical Tuesdays' series of in-depth technical conservation webinars, and the Climate Friday series about climate change and cultural heritage. On this page, you can register for future webinars and view recordings of recent sessions.

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Technical Tuesdays Webinar Series

Technical Tuesdays - a series of weekly webinars on technical building conservation topics.

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Climate Fridays: Climate change and cultural heritage webinar series

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General webinars programme 2020-2021

Minerals extraction and archaeology - 10th February 1300-1400 GMT

Informed by a Historic England Advice Note published early last year, this webinar will introduce some of the basic considerations associated with minerals extraction and archaeology. Archaeological remains may be found in different types of quarry site and it is essential that this is considered appropriately at an early stage, beginning with plan-making.

Participants will learn how to identify the archaeological remains in the different strata of a minerals extraction site and how they might be approached by different evaluation techniques. The webinar will help all those involved in mineral planning to focus on the questions that need to be answered when assessing a site, determining an application and designing an appropriate mitigation strategy. Case studies will be included to exemplify the points made.

How can the heritage sector innovate, plan and explore creative ways to support long term resilience, now and post COVID-19 - 9 February 2021 10am-12:30pm

Historic England, on behalf of the East of England Regional Historic Environment Forum, ran a free webinar, which  focused on how organisations/groups which own historic buildings and business owners of historic buildings which have commercial uses, can access support and build their resilience following Covid-19.

A wide range of case studies were presented to discuss how historic buildings can not only provide unique economic benefits to a local area, but also creative solutions to current issues.

Industrial Heritage Part 3 - 21 January 2021

Our third industrial heritage webinar will look at the identification, assessment and recording of industrial heritage sites (landscapes, standing structures/buildings, archaeological remains) through the planning process in England, as well as considering potential public benefits arising from such work. We are very fortunate in having both Norman Redhead (Heritage Management Director, Archaeology, Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service) and Dr Mike Nevell (Industrial Heritage Support Officer and Research Fellow of University of Salford, Centre for Applied Archaeology) as presenters who have considerable knowledge and expertise in this field, which they will share through a series of case studies.

The way beyond public consultation – 16 December

Generating creative conversations is key to creating fantastic places. Join Phil Bixby and Helen Graham to explore how to do this through a deep dive into the long term engagement approaches they have developed through work on two large regeneration areas in York. From surfacing and dealing with controversies to activating different ideas of expertise, we’ll explore throughout the creative role heritage can play in these local democratic processes. Bring your own examples and we’ll work together through four key engagement stages:

  1. Build a brief
  2. Map constituencies
  3. Explore complex issues
  4. Make change together

Please note that this is a small-scale interactive training webinar. Places are capped at 40 to ensure delegates can gain sufficient access to the expert speakers.

Community engagement in high street projects – 25 November

Using successful case studies this webinar, the last in the present High Street Heritage Action Zone series, will firstly explore why engaging communities in heritage projects is so important for success, and then look at how to involve communities in the design phase of a scheme. It will touch on early engagement methods, creative engagement, engaging communities from the outset in consultation and co-design, responding to local strategic priorities and recruiting influential community organisations and representatives as partners.

As with the preceding webinars on High Street heritage themes, to complement to webinar recordings you can also find out more about High Street Heritage Action Zones. 

Reinstating and repairing shop fronts with grant aid – 18 November

This webinar is the third in the High Streets Heritage Action Zone series and will focus on the technical, logistic and administrative issues surrounding the reinstatement of shop fronts when using grant aid. It will cover specifically: Procurement rules, Building regulations, Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent, Evidence, Design, Materials, Technical issues, Shop front security, Monitoring, Payment.

In addition to viewing the webinar recording, you can also read our advice on building materials for historic building repairs.

Talking shop: an introduction to historic shopfronts – 11 November

This webinar is the second in the High Streets Heritage Action Zone series and explores the main materials and styles which typify shopfront designs from the Georgian period to the modern day, as well as the major pitfalls that can occur when attempting to identify the date of a shopfront by style alone. Specialist shopfronts designs associated with specific trades are discussed, as are some of the more unusual features that might be uncovered.

In addition to viewing the webinar recording you can also read the following resources:

Why historic high streets? - 4 November

This webinar will serve as an introduction to a series of high street focussed webinars. It will look at what is happening with high streets at the moment, why the historic character can be so important in helping to bring people back to these hugely important spaces and the role of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme in supporting how high streets adapt and meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Standards for use of aerial sources for heritage – 15 October

This webinar will introduce technical aspects and standards for the use of aerial photographs, airborne laser scanning (lidar) and aerial mapping. This includes understanding the implications of standards for creating mapping, records and reports. We will look at how to get the best out of existing data sets and how to commission new work and assess tenders.

In addition to the webinar recording, you may find the following resources useful:

Introduction to using aerial sources for heritage – 08 October

This webinar will explore how aerial photographs, airborne laser scanning (lidar) and aerial mapping can be used for understanding and managing the historic environment. We will discuss some issues of interpretation, explain how to get hold of aerial sources and present some case studies from rural and urban areas.

In addition to the webinar recording you may find this background reading useful:

Live online book launch for Ramsgate: The Town and its Seaside Heritage – 11 September

You are invited to view the online book launch for Historic England’s new publication, Ramsgate: The Town and its Seaside Heritage. In partnership with the Ramsgate Festival of Sound and the Ramsgate Society, author Geraint Franklin (Historic England) and contributors Nick Dermott (Thanet District Council) and Allan Brodie (Historic England) discuss the book in an online event.

You can also read an article about the research behind the book. 

Industrial heritage: part 2 - 29 July

This second industrial heritage webinar will consider in greater depth the topics and issues addressed by Historic England’s developing Industrial Heritage Strategy. These include planning & conservation, reuse, industrial sites as heritage attractions, knowledge & skills and research.

See also the information about the first webinar on Industrial Heritage for complementary reading material.

Enabling development: an introduction to the new GPA4 guidance – 23 July

David Tomback will go through the new layout of Good Practice Advice note 4, focusing on the main changes from the 2008 version. The webinar will then consider market testing, using some case studies and talk about some of the problems attached to enabling development. The session will conclude by looking into the future and then take questions assisted by Beth Harries from Legal and Victoria Thomson, Head of National Strategy, Policy & Evidence: Strategy & Listing.

To complement the webinar recording you can read the new guidance on enabling development.

Industrial heritage: part 1 – 15 July

This first of two webinars provides an initial overview of Historic England’s developing Industrial Heritage Strategy from Shane Gould (Head of Industrial Heritage Strategy, Historic England). This is followed by Norman Redhead (Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service), describing the work of a local authority archaeological officer in the identification, assessment and recording of industrial heritage sites through the planning process, as well as the assessment of public benefit regarding such sites. Finally, Dr Joanne O’Hara, (Somerset West and Taunton Council) will consider the role of enforcement powers in tackling industrial listed buildings at risk drawing on a case study in Somerset.

To complement the webinar recording you can:

Listing post-war assets – 9 July

This webinar discusses the particular challenges of post-war listing, aiming to leave its audience with a greater understanding of how the criteria of ‘special architectural or historic interest’ are applied to these very varied sites. Aimed at anyone interested in understanding what makes a post-war site listable, it will explore the assessment approach for designating buildings and landscapes of this period, some which may be at the boundaries of what is popularly considered heritage.

You can also read our introduction to Listing criteria.

Opening upper floors in historic town centres – 25 June

There are many factors that have contributed to the flight from town and city centre living in the mid-late 20th Century, as well as preventing efforts to reverse it, since that time. This webinar focuses on the potential of bringing space above shops back into use via an innovative, multi-strand approach that benefits local authorities, building owners and shop keepers to bring greater sustainability, vitality and prosperity to the 'high street'.

The way beyond public consultation - 24 June

Generating creative conversations is key to creating fantastic places. Join Phil Bixby and Helen Graham to explore how to do this through a deep dive into the long term engagement approaches they have developed through work on two large regeneration areas in York. From surfacing and dealing with controversies to activating different ideas of expertise, we’ll explore throughout the creative role heritage can play in these local democratic processes. Bring your own examples and we’ll work together through four key engagement stages:

  1. Build a brief
  2. Map constituencies
  3. Explore complex issues
  4. Make change together

In addition to viewing the webinar recording, you can:

Temporary pedestrian spaces for social distancing in historic town centres - 11 June

Improved public space for shoppers, workers and visitors will be needed to safely reopen the historic high streets that lie at the heart of our most loved towns and cities. Many are conservation areas where Historic England advice could help them adapt to current restrictions on movement, whilst celebrating their place in our communities and avoiding accidental loss to our shared heritage.

This webinar will look at the issues, opportunities and guidance for temporary expansion of pedestrian and cyclist space in historic places and enables you to share your thoughts on what Historic England could do next to guide temporary measures funded through schemes such as the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

Listing is not a dark art - 27 May

This webinar seeks to explain the selection process for listing buildings and leave its audience more aware of the care taken with each decision. Aimed at anyone interested in understanding what makes a building listable, it will set out the criteria used for this statutory designation and point to the guidance used to support recommendations. The presenters will outline the framework for the assessment and how and why work is sifted and prioritised.

To supplement the video recording, you can also read our introduction to Listing.

Wellbeing and heritage: a new strategic approach - 20 May

This webinar will introduce attendees to the emerging wellbeing and heritage strategy being devised by Historic England. The strategy is not yet published and this is a chance to contribute towards its priorities and approach. The webinar will include a short presentation and then seek views and encourage debate on how others are implementing wellbeing objectives in heritage-related work with a view to ensuring that our strategy reflects and acknowledges the situation in the sector.

Online resources for archaeological and local history research - 14 May

During the lockdown people are turning to the internet as a source of local information and to pursue new interests. This webinar will give you an overview of the wealth of online resources provided by Historic England and others, and tips to help you undertake your own research. The session as aimed at a non-professional audience who have an interest in the historic environment and are keen to find out more.

Further resources:

Marine planning - 19 March

The Government is currently consulting on draft marine plans for the north west, north east, south east and south west; this will complete the production of marine plans for all English inshore and offshore areas. The marine planning system is designed to contribute to the effective planning and management of marine activities and more sustainable use of our marine resources.

Draft and published marine plans (already produced for the east plan area and south plan area) will together create the framework for consistent and evidence-based decision-making about activities taking place within the English inshore and offshore marine planning areas.

The webinar will look at the policies in the draft plans for the historic environment, seascape and other policies of particular interest. It is also important to consider the relationship between land and marine planning as the two systems will overlap on the coast and within tidal waters. For example, the way policy matters are expressed in both the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the UK marine policy statement is important if sustainable development objectives and protection and management of our shared historic environment is to be delivered.

Statements of Heritage Significance – 29 January

This webinar introduces the recently published Historic England advice note covering the National Planning Policy Framework requirement for applicants for heritage and other consents to describe heritage significance to help local planning authorities to make decisions on the impact of proposals for change to heritage assets. The author of the advice note, Dr Richard Morrice, will explores the assessment of significance of heritage assets as part of a staged approach to decision-making in which assessing significance precedes designing the proposals.

See our guidance publication on Statements of Significance.


Webinar recordings to view from the 2019 programme

Curtilage - 05 June

This webinar looked at the considerations necessary when assessing curtilage and provide guidelines for curtilage in the planning process.

World Heritage Sites - 29 May

Designation of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO brings no additional statutory controls, but protection is afforded through the planning system as well as through the other designations (listed buildings, scheduled monuments etc) that cover elements, if not the whole, of the site. The planning controls that apply to any such elements within a World Heritage Site will be an important part of the recognition and protection of the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site. This webinar provides some background context to the processes of creating and managing a world heritage site.

Stopping the Rot case studies - 14 May

For those who have participated in our previous 'Stopping the rot' webinars, this session aims to provide further context to the topic by offering a variety of case studies.

Streets for all – 04 April

This webinar provides practical advice for anyone involved in planning and implementing highways and other public realm works in sensitive historic locations, including highways engineers, planners and urban and landscape designers. It draws on experience of Historic England’s planning teams in highways and public realm schemes, including case studies showing where highways works and other public realm schemes have successfully integrated with and enhanced areas of historic or architectural sensitivity.

Asset transfers - 01 April

Many local authorities are taking a close look at the property they own with a view to making savings and rationalising their holdings. At the same time, there are increasing opportunities, provided in part by legislative change, for communities to take a more active role in their local area. These two principles are brought together in the transfer of heritage assets from local authority ownership, into the hands of local communities. This webinar aims to look at the issues and challenges surrounding this process.

Neighbourhood Planning – 29 January

Getting the right heritage-related content in a neighbourhood plan can not only contribute to a sound and legally compliant plan, it can also deliver significant local benefits.

This webinar introduces a new Historic England Advice Note on neighbourhood planning, complemented by information sheets and additional guidance on the Historic England website. With practical advice and examples, the webinar explores how to build robust and proportionate evidence and how to deliver heritage objectives through neighbourhood planning policy.

Building Preservation Notices- 23 January

The number of regrettable stories we read about where valuable, historic buildings are demolished before they can be protected could be reduced if we all made better use of the tools at our disposal. Building Preservation Notices (BPNs) are underused, but they are straightforward if simple steps are taken.

Historic England has just produced an updated Advice Note and is pleased to announce a two-year pilot scheme to explore the benefits of indemnification by Historic England against the risk of compensation claims.

The feedback we have received is that authorities are reluctant to serve building preservation notices because of the potential for compensation claims. We have taken this on board and hope that by removing the financial risk BPNs pose to Local Planning Authorities that they will be served more regularly. This webinar will re-cap on the previous webinar in discussing the purpose of BPNs, how they are served and how they are used and will then go on to explore the new pilot scheme of indemnification.

Residential density – 15 January

Delivering more homes across England is a Government priority, with increasing the residential density of developments identified in the Housing White Paper and the draft National Planning Policy Framework as a key way of meeting growing housing need.

This webinar builds on a report recently published by Historic England and will look at the factors that can contribute to successful developments that increase residential density in historic environments.


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