Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance


Significance is now a core concept within our planning process.  Its assessment is a key part of management and of development within the historic environment.  This course will introduce the process, show you what is involved in preparing assessments of significance, teach you how to read and judge such assessments, and explore the ways in which they can be used.  At the end, you should be convinced about the value of significance as a planning and management tool!

Programme details

Wednesday 23 September 2020

9.15am                Registration and coffee/tea

9.45am                Introduction

10.10am              Definitions and Overarching Concepts

10.25am              Does Heritage Matter?

11.15am              Coffee/tea break

11.35am              Does Heritage Matter? (continued)

11.50am              Assessments of significance - why, what and how?

12.30pm              Class exercise - establishing the scope of an assessment of significance

1.15pm                Lunch

2.00pm                Group working on case study - developing an assessment of significance

3.30pm                Coffee/tea break

3.50pm                Group working on case study - developing an assessment of significance continuation

4.45pm                Public engagement issues relating to heritage assessments

5.30pm                Discussion of issues from the first day

6.00pm                Break

7.00pm                Dinner

Thursday 24 September 2020

8.00am                Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am                Review of groups' assessments

9.30am                Group exercise - critique of some heritage statement examples

11.00am              Coffee/tea break

11.20am              Resume of what has been learned

11.30am              Key issues to be considered in preparing assessments of significance

12.40am              Settings and views

1.15pm                Lunch

2.00pm                Group working on a case study involving the setting of a designated asset and key views

3.15pm                Coffee/tea break

3.45pm                Group working - using the assessment to develop principles to guide and manage change within the historic environment

5.00pm                Exercise and discussion on substantial harm

5.45pm                Break

7.00pm                Dinner             

Friday 25 September 2020

7.45am                Breakfast (residents only)          

8.30am                Depart Rewley House for site visit to Bletchley Park

1.00pm                Lunch (back at Rewley House)

1.45pm                Structured discussion on issues arising from site visit

2.45pm                Coffee/tea break

3.10pm                Impact assessments

4.30pm                Discussion of outstanding issues from course

4.45pm                Course disperses



Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £472.00
Baguettes - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday £15.00
Dinner on Wednesday & Thursday Evening £42.00
Hot Lunches - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday £44.00
Single B&B Wednesday & Thursday Nights £165.00


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: professional.arch@conted.ox.ac.uk



Dr Stephen Bond

Course Director

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 Henry Russell

Course Co-Director

Director of the programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University.

Henry Russell is a member of the Church of England’s Buildings Council and Chair of Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee.


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


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.

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.