Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments

Course summary

Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments


Desk-based assessments are important tools for understanding the historic environment and for managing change. Although these reports are increasingly required in the planning process or as an early stage in the development of conservation plans and environmental assessments, many historic environment professionals have little or no training in researching, compiling and presenting them. This course informs participants about the role of desk-based assessments in managing the cultural heritage resource and provides a practical guide to their production. It will also include guidance on the use of desk-based assessments to fulfil the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

The course will be of interest to all those who are currently (or hope to be) involved in the commissioning or production of desk-based assessments. It is targeted towards new entrants to the profession and those who would like to develop skills in this area.


National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Supports the Performance and Knowledge requirements for CCSAPAC1 Research and analyse information to achieve objectives.

Programme details



9.00am               Registration and coffee / tea

9.30am               Introduction

9.30am             Policy and legislation background and the role and purpose/s of desk-based assessments

10:00am             Introduction to the sources

10.30am             Curator’s Perspective

11.00am             Coffee / tea

11.20am             Types of desk-based assessment: matching design and content to the requirements of the client and regulatory authorities

11.40am             Workshop 1: critical evaluation of examples of desk-based assessments

1.00pm               Lunch

2.00pm                Workshop 2: using examples of development scenarios to design desk-based assessments

3.15pm               Tea / coffee

3.35pm               Future developments        

4.00pm               Plenary discussion           

4.30pm               Course disperses



Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House on the night before your course.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.

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.



Tuition includes coffee/tea: £216.00
Baguette Lunch: £4.70
Full Hot Lunch: £13.50


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:


Dr Jill Hind

Course Director

Independent Consultant and former Senior Project Manager in Heritage Management Services at Oxford Archaeology

Ms Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger

Course Director

County Archaeologist for Wiltshire


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.