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Law and the Historic Environment

Course details

From £222.00

Thu 05 Mar 2020
9.00am - 4.45pm

Law and the Historic Environment


Anybody conducting or planning investigations of the historic environment will be confronted by a wide range of issues that may have legal consequences. This course provides an introduction for all who need to gain a broad understanding of the main legislative, regulatory and policy regimes for the historic environment, the ways in which those regimes are being applied at present, and the implications in practice for those working in the area. 

The course is designed for those responsible for the supervision and conduct of historic environment investigations, whether in the professional or voluntary sectors. This will include those holding, or working towards, supervisory or higher levels of responsibility within professional practices, as well as those in curatorial or consultancy roles.

The course will cover the law of England and Wales only. Health and Safety will not be covered in this course.



Programme details


09.00     Registration and coffee

09.30     Welcome and Introduction

09.40     Law and the Historic Environment: introduction & overview 

10.00     What the law protects 

-              Listed buildings/the extent of listing

-              Scheduled monuments

-              Conservation areas

-              Parks/gardens/battlefields

-              World Heritage Sites

-              Non-designated assets 

11.00     Coffee/tea         

11.30     Making Changes affecting the Historic Environment 

-              Planning permission for development affecting heritage assets 

                and their setting

-              Listed building consent

-              Scheduled monument consent

-              Archaeology      

13.00     Lunch   

14.00     Archaeological Investigations (1): Human remains   

14.40     Archaeological Investigations (2): Other things to be aware of  

-              Land ownership and rights

-              Finds agreements and other contracts

-              Protected species and habitats

-              Contamination 

15.10     Practical exercise

15.40     Tea/coffee

16.00     Feedback from practical exercise             

16.15     General discussion and questions

 16.45    Course ends




Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £222.00
Baguette £5.00
Hot Lunch £15.00


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 David Woolley


David Woolley QC, Formerly Landmark Chambers

Mr Nigel Hewitson

Course Director

Nigel Hewitson, Consultant at Gowling WLG. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006 and is joint author of ‘Mynors and Hewitson’ (Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets, Sweet and Maxwell (5th edn), 2017), the standard reference work for lawyers, planners and all others working in this area on the law concerning the protection of listed buildings and other heritage assets in the UK.

Mr Roger M Thomas

Course Director

Barrister and Archaeologist


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


Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then plesae contact our Residential Centre.

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.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email for details of availability and discounted prices.