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 HELM training programme. On this page, you can register for future webinars and view recordings of recent sessions.


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.

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A common sense approach to damp: part 2 – 18 March

Historic buildings, like modern buildings, can be adversely effected by damp. Damp in buildings can come from a variety of sources be it flood water or broken drains. However, in mitigating the effects of damp in buildings we need to better understand the properties of building materials new and old and how water reacts with them.

This is the second of two webinars in which we will be looking at the sources of damp and how we can best mitigate the effects and/or address the damage caused.

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Glazing and the environment – 19 February

Windows are often the first part of a building people think of changing when they worry about comfort, or energy and carbon. But how do you choose the best approach for a historic building, and know that you will be benefiting the building, the environment, and of course the occupants? This webinar puts glazing into a historic context, and will help you approach these difficult questions in a new way. Join Dr Robyn Pender from our Technical Conservation teams and Katie Parsons, Historic Environment Planning Adviser for London and the South-East, as they explore how to deal responsibly with glazing, from sash windows to modern facades.

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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.

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A common-sense approach to damp : part 1 – 15 January

A common-sense approach to damp – 15 Jan.

Historic building, like modern buildings, can be adversely effected by damp. Damp in buildings can come from a variety of sources be it flood water or broken drains. However, in mitigating the effects of damp in buildings we need to better understand the properties of building materials new and old and how water reacts with them. In this webinar we will be looking at the sources of damp and how water behaves when it it comes into contact with various building materials.

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Acting in a flood emergency – 11 December

In the midst of a flooding crisis, it can be difficult to know where to turn with confidence for advice on how to look after your historic building before, during and after the waters arrive. This webinar will introduce you to the ways traditional buildings handle floodwater (including the latest results from Historic England's research programme, and how to get the best drying regime in place), and what you can do to increase both the resistance and the resilience of your building.

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Curtilage - 05 June

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Flooding and the historic environment – 12 December

Water is essential for life but you can have too much of a good thing. Flooding has been identified as one of the principal risks for the UK associated with our changing climate. Past years have seen devastating flooding over large areas of the country and an estimated 1 in 6 properties in England are estimated to be in areas at risk of flooding. 

Flood water affects our historic environment an can cause harm to heritage assets, however if looked after our traditional buildings may be far more able to cope than you might think.

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Stopping the Rot- 23 November

This webinar is designed to introduce local authorities to the powers available to them to help secure the preservation of historic buildings. These powers include Urgent Works Notices, Repairs Notices and Section 215.

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Marine Planning- 20 March

This webinar is led by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), to introduce marine planning for the English inshore and offshore area. This session will provide useful information for local authority planning staff keen to see how marine planning encompasses cultural heritage and associated social factors.

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Heritage Crime- 14 March

Crime and anti-social behaviour, affecting historic sites and buildings in England, is becoming an ever increasing problem. This webinar will help develop your knowledge and understanding of what is being done to tackle the problem and how you can help. 

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Community Groups- 7 March

This webinar aims to provide insight and support to local authority staff in building relationships with local heritage community groups.

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An Introduction to Setting- 21 February

This Webinar will help you to understand the principles of setting and argues how it contributes to the significance of a heritage asset.

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Conservation Areas- 7 February

This webinar introduces an alternative approach to the traditional Conservation Area Appraisal, explaining how and why this approach was developed, and will show an example of one of the Conservation Area Appraisals.

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Conservation Principles- 22 January

Colleagues from across the Heritage Conservation communities are invited to participate in a webinar on the proposed changes to Conservation Principles for the Sustainable Management of the Historic Environment.

This webinar, run by Duncan McCallum and Andy Brown who have been very involved in the drafting, will cover:

(a) Why change the 2008 Conservation Principles document?

(b) What is being proposed in the revised draft?

(c) What are the main issues arising from the proposed changes?

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Traditional Windows- 23 May

This webinar will provide an understanding of Historic England’s approach to advising on the alteration and replacement of historic windows in listed buildings.

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Local Listing- 24 November

This webinar considers how local heritage lists might be adopted effectively and efficiently and, by sharing examples of good practice, show how neighbourhood planners and community groups can successfully be involved in establishing local lists. 

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Local Listed Building Consent Orders- 7 December

Local Listed Building Consent Orders (LLBCO) were introduced by section 60 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. This webinar will give on overview of the policy background of LLBCOs and talks  about how they can be set up, before reflecting on some lessons learnt at Port Sunlight.

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Series Webinars

We now also offer series of webinars on specific topics in addition to the one-off webinars noted above, starting with a pilot series on enforcement in support of Heritage at Risk. You can find out more from the dedicated series webinar page

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