Heritage Research: Skills and Sources Short Course

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Please note that this event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Many apologies to those who have already signed up for this event, but we hope to run it in the new year. 


Carrying out research on heritage assets, such as archaeological sites, historic buildings or ruins, can be daunting and knowing what material is available and where to start can be a real challenge. This course aims to introduce you to the research sources available online, in archives, museums and libraries, and help you develop the skills needed to work with these sources. It will also introduce the types of information that you can collect from simple field surveys, and how scientific methods can aid heritage research projects. The course will be cross-cutting and provide a good foundation in research involving both arts and sciences.

The course will be useful to anyone engaged professionally with heritage assets including students engaged in heritage-related research projects. For those with long professional experience it should provide updates on newer research sources, and for those at an earlier career stage it should provide useful new information on both sources and the skills to handle them. The course will also provide some hands-on experience, the opportunity to share experience and skills with other participants, and some advice on how to access further information and training.


To find out more about Oxford University's Heritage Network click the link below:




Programme details


9.00 am                Registration

9.30 am                Welcome and introduction

9.45 am                Getting started with researching a heritage asset             

10.45 am             Coffee/tea

11.15 am             Finding and handling maps and spatial data resources

12.15 pm             Finding and exploring archival resources

1.00 pm                Lunch

1.45 pm                Field-based scientific research skills

2.45 pm                Coffee/tea

3.00 pm                Museum resources and site visit

4.30pm                 Final discussion and questions


4.45 pm                Course concludes



Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then plesae contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.



Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £222.00
Baguette: £5.00
Hot Lunch: £15.00



Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking.

Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email: professional.arch@conted.ox.ac.uk



Heather Viles

Course Director

Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation and Leader, Oxford University Heritage Network



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