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. 

Public Inquiry Workshop

Tue 30 Nov 2021 - Thu 02 Dec 2021, Rewley House, Oxford

This three-day practical workshop introduces potential witnesses and advocates to the techniques and procedures of public inquiries dealing with the historic environment, including preparing proofs of evidence. A mock inquiry will be staged using a genuine case study.

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Our 2022 programme of short courses will be announced soon. Sign up to the historic environment mailing list to be kept informed.

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. 

Class sizes kept small to maximise interaction between you, your classmates and tutor.

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: professional.arch@conted.ox.ac.uk

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Upcoming courses

Short intensive • Short courses • Professional development
  • Wed 05 May 2021 – 06 May 2021
  • 10.00 - 12.30
Short intensive • Short courses • Professional development
  • Tue 08 Jun 2021 – 09 Jun 2021
  • 10.00 - 12.30
Short intensive • Short courses • Professional development
  • Thu 24 Jun 2021
  • 9.50am-12noon
Short intensive • Short courses
  • Tue 30 Nov 2021 – 02 Dec 2021
  • 3 meetings