Law and the Historic Environment

Course summary

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.

Programme details



09.00am          Registration and coffee


09.30am          Welcome and introduction

                        ROGER THOMAS, Course Director and ANNE DODD, OUDCE


09.45am          Law and the historic environment: an introduction and overview


10.00am          The planning system, listed buildings and conservation areas


11.15am          Coffee / tea


11.45am          Scheduled monuments and archaeology


1.00pm            Lunch


2.00pm            Human remains

                         LOUISE LOE


2.30pm            Environmental issues: ecology, wildlife and contamination

                        CAROLINE MAY


3.00pm            Practical exercise


3.45pm            Coffee/tea


4.00pm            Feedback and discussion of the practical exercise


4.30pm            General discussion and questions


4.45pm            Course ends



National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: this course contributes to the Knowledge Requirements for:


AA1     Develop policies and guidance for archaeology



AA3     Establish plans and monitor policy implementation



AB2     Develop and agree objectives for projects





Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House 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: £215.00
Baguette Lunch: £4.40
Full Hot Lunch: £13.00


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 Nigel Hewitson

Course Director

Solicitor and Partner, BrookStreet des Roches LLP. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006

Dr Louise Loe


Head of Heritage Burials, Oxford Archaeology

Caroline May


environmental partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Mr Roger M Thomas

Course Director

Barrister and Archaeologist, Historic England