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Measured Survey for Cultural Heritage 2015

A 5 day residential course introducing the range of measured survey and photographic techniques currently available through both theoretical and practical instruction will be run from 7-11 September 2015 at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, Yorkshire.

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 interventions proposed.

An extensive array of measured survey techniques is available today, ranging from traditional hand-drawn survey through to total stations, 3D laser scanners and other advanced digital methods. Both survey practitioners and those procuring survey need to know the range of techniques available and understand their benefits and limitations in any given situation.

Instruction will be provided by Historic England staff who have extensive experience in the use of both traditional and advanced methods of imaging, survey and graphics.

Who should attend?

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.


At the end of the course, participants will have been introduced to:

  • The majority of measured survey techniques currently used in the recording of historic buildings and landscapes
  • The application of photographic techniques to record cultural heritage
  • Recent technical developments in this field of conservation.


Find out more about Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Course fee

The fee of £750 includes four nights full B&B, at the Kings Head in Masham from Monday 7 September - Thursday 10 September. Plus daily refreshments at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal.

The fee is reduced to £500 if you book before 31 July 2015.

If you do not require accommodation, the non-residential rate is £650 which includes lunches and light refreshments. Full course documentation and other materials are also provided.

How to apply

For further information and an application form contact:

Sarah Prince
Tel: 01793 414809
Email: [email protected]

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