Contested Heritage


The government has published new proposals for managing contested heritage in England. There is pressure to remove monuments which reflect a contested heritage. This course aims to provide a balanced approach to the decision making process, based on assessments of significance, and examining the harm and impact in alternative proposals in planning and heritage terms.

Presentations outlining the background and main issues will be followed by an open discussion session with the course directors and other participants. The course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams from 10.00 am to 12 noon UK time on Thursday 27 May 2021.

The course will be of particular interest to heritage asset managers and advisers, planners, historic environment professionals, those managing places of worship, architects, surveyors and others who do not specialise in heritage but may need to understand the issues of contested heritage, and the new guidance for its management.

Programme details

9.45 am           Course opens, Welcome

10.00am          Introduction – other jurisdictions

10.30am          Defining contested heritage, defining individual issues

10.45am          Approaches to assessment and impact

  • Planning permission for non-designated memorials – how are these assessed?
  • Significance and values – positive and negative
  • Harm, public benefit and impact
  • The planning balance

11.30am          Discussion and conclusions

12 noon           Course ends

Dates, Times and Delivery

Contested Heritage (Online) course will run over one day, on Thursday 27th May 2021.

Sessions will be 2 hours, delivered online via Microsoft Teams, from 9:45 – 12:00 noon (UK time).

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No attendance at Oxford is required and you do not need to purchase any software.



Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford electronic certificate of attendance. 

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.

You will be required to attend all of the live sessions on the course in order to be considered for an attendance certificate. 


Description Costs
Standard course fee £65.00


Fees include electronic copies of course materials.

All courses are VAT exempt.

Register immediately online 

Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.



Dr Stephen Bond

Course Director

Stephen Bond, Director of Heritage Places and joint author of Managing Built Heritage

Mr Henry Russell

Course Director

Henry Russell, Course Director of the programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University


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

IT requirements

This course is delivered online using MS Teams.

To participate you must be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. You will also need regular access to the Internet and a computer meeting our recommended minimum computer specification.
It is advised to use headphones with working speakers and microphone.