Courses and workshops in the historic environment

Short courses providing training in key skills

Our programme of courses in the historic environment offer expert tuition for professionals whose work involves fieldwork, planning, management, curation and research, and also for members of the public with a keen interest in archaeology and historic buildings. 

Upcoming online courses

Delivered online in a virtual classroom, these online courses are based on our in-Oxford teaching, with class sizes kept small to maximise interaction between you, your classmates and tutor.

Harm in the Historic Environment, 24 June 2021

The degree of harm caused to heritage assets has become a key issue in guiding development decisions. Join our expert online workshop to explore the meaning of 'harm' and how it is being interpreted in practice today.

> Find out more about Harm in the Historic Environment

Researching the Historic Environment: Key Skills and Resources, 29-30 June 2021

Expert guidance on how to find and use the key sources of information for your historic environment research. For those starting out in professional and postgraduate heritage research as well as for more experienced researchers seeking to refresh and bolster their existing skillset.

> Find out more about Researching the Historic Environment

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Expert tuition for professionals

Our courses:

  • have been developed with leading heritage practices
  • provide training in key archaeological skills firmly grounded in everyday professional working experience
  • engage with some of the most complex issues in the sector.

In-person courses

Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education has been the leading provider of continuing professional development training for the heritage sector for over 30 years, and we welcome more than 200 heritage professionals on our programme every year.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, our programme of in-Oxford courses in the historic environment has been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. Below is a list of practical courses we have offered in the past and hope to offer again once face-to-face teaching can resume.  

  • An Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists
  • Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis
  • Stratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology
  • The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places
  • Heritage Research: Skills and Sources
  • Churches: History, Significance and Use
  • Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology
  • Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings
  • Photographing Historic Buildings
  • Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance
  • Project Management in Archaeology: An Introduction
  • Public Inquiry Workshop

These courses are linked to the National Occupational Standards for the sector and are endorsed by CifA, the IHBC, FAME and the Archaeology Training Forum for continuous professional development. 

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 Programme Administrator:

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Upcoming courses

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Wed 05 May 2021 – 06 May 2021
  • 10.00 - 12.30
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Tue 08 Jun 2021 – 09 Jun 2021
  • 10.00 - 12.30
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Tue 29 Jun 2021 – 30 Jun 2021
  • 9.30am-1.00pm