Law and the Historic Environment: Short Course

Law and the Historic Environment: Short Course


Anybody conducting or planning investigations of the historic environment will be confronted by a wide range of issues that may have legal consequences. This course provides an introduction for all who need to gain a broad understanding of the main legislative, regulatory and policy regimes for the historic environment, the ways in which those regimes are being applied at present, and the implications in practice for those working in the area. 

The course is designed for those responsible for the supervision and conduct of historic environment investigations, whether in the professional or voluntary sectors. This will include those holding, or working towards, supervisory or higher levels of responsibility within professional practices, as well as those in curatorial or consultancy roles.

The course will cover the law of England and Wales only. Health and Safety will not be covered in this course.



Programme details


09.00     Registration and coffee

09.30     Welcome and Introduction

09.40     Law and the Historic Environment: introduction & overview 

10.00     What the law protects 

-              Listed buildings/the extent of listing

-              Scheduled monuments

-              Conservation areas

-              Parks/gardens/battlefields

-              World Heritage Sites

-              Non-designated assets 

11.00     Coffee/tea         

11.30     Making Changes affecting the Historic Environment 

-              Planning permission for development affecting heritage assets 

                and their setting

-              Listed building consent

-              Scheduled monument consent

-              Archaeology      

13.00     Lunch   

14.00     Archaeological Investigations (1): Human remains   

14.40     Archaeological Investigations (2): Other things to be aware of  

-              Land ownership and rights

-              Finds agreements and other contracts

-              Protected species and habitats

-              Contamination 

15.00     Practical exercise

15.30     Tea/coffee

16.00     Feedback from practical exercise             

16.15     General discussion and questions

 16.45    Course ends




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 for details of availability and discounted prices.



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



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