Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings


Condition surveys of historic buildings require an understanding of architectural and construction history, as well as the ability to analyse and prioritise defects. This course aims to give participants an understanding of traditional construction and its defects and to provide the skills to carry out balanced and informed surveys of historic buildings.

The course is designed for built environment professionals who are responsible for the repair, maintenance and management of heritage assets, public sector planning and conservation professionals, and owners of heritage assets.

Programme details

Tuesday 16 April 2024

09.00 Registration and coffee/tea

09.30 Welcome and Introduction

09.45 Surveying historic buildings

11.00 Coffee/ tea

11.30 Surveying major heritage assets

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Non-destructive surveying techniques

15.30 Tea

16.00 Agencies of decay

17.30 Break

19:00 Dinner

20:00 Traditional building construction (optional session)

21:00 Break

Wednesday 17 April 2024

08:00 Breakfast (residents only)

09.00 Fire protection in historic buildings

10.30 Coffee/ tea 

10.45 Depart for site visit for the group work exercise.

A packed lunch will be available for participants who have booked lunch

17.30 Return to Rewley House

18.00 Break

19:00 Dinner

Thursday 18 April 2024

08:00 Breakfast (residents only)

09.00 Church inspections

10.00 Coffee/ tea

10.30 Visit to a church or chapel for survey exercise

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Practical group work exercise, writing up and presenting reports of the site visit

15.00 Tea/ coffee

15.30 Debrief and discussion

17.00 End of Day 3


Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £585.00
Dinner Option Day 1 (3 courses) £26.00
Dinner Option Day 2 (3 courses) £26.00
Lunch Option Day 1: Baguette £6.50
Lunch Option Day 1: Hot Lunch (3 courses) £17.60
Lunch Option Day 3: Baguette £6.50
Lunch Option Day 3: Hot Lunch (3 courses) £17.60
Packed Lunch Day 2 £9.00


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:


Mr Henry Russell

Course Director

Lecturer in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University. Henry Russell is a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Building’s casework committee, co-chair of the Heritage Alliance’s Spatial Planning Advocacy Group and a membership assessor for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. He served on the Church of England’s Church Buildings Council and was Chair of Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Dr Stephen Bond


Stephen Bond runs heritage consultancy Heritage Places, providing advice relating to the historic environment and its conservation for national and local government, public sector funding bodies, property management, development and institutional clients, charitable trusts, and other professional advisors.  He is joint author of Managing Built Heritage – the role of cultural values and significance, the second edition of which was published by Wiley‐Blackwell in 2016.

Mr Sinclair Johnston


ByrneLooby International Engineering Design Consultancy

Mr Robert Demaus


Demaus Building Diagnostics Ltd

Bridget Litchfield


Business and Safety Officer, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Dr Jagjit Singh


Dr. Jagjit Singh, a Mycologist and Building Pathologist, founded Environmental Building Solutions Ltd in 1999, specialising in building health problems, heritage conservation and environmental issues. He has over 25 years' experience as a building pathologist, environmental health scientist with expertise in heritage conservation, Indoor air quality & health in the UK and abroad in both academic and commercial environments. 


Accommodation for this three-day course is at Rewley House for Wednesday and Thursday nights only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:

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.