Public Inquiry Workshop


This course will take the form of a practical workshop carefully designed to improve the performance of anyone who might be called upon to participate in a Public Inquiry concerned with the historic environment. The aims will be to present the terms of procedure, the roles of the participants and the general feel of a Public Inquiry.

A mock Public Inquiry will be mounted using a genuine case study. Training for potential witnesses will be given in how to prepare evidence for a Public Inquiry, how to produce proofs of evidence and to experience them being given and tested under realistic conditions.

Before the course, you will receive a study pack including a guide to the preparation of evidence. You will be allocated a role to play in the Inquiry and asked to prepare a proof of evidence to fit this role. You will be asked to indicate your area of interest or expertise in advance of the course so that roles can be appropriately assigned.

The Inquiry will be video recorded to allow an analysis and feedback to be given on the final day.

Please note that the Tuesday evening session may extend beyond 9.00pm, so we recommend that all participants book a residential place or arrange accommodation in/near Oxford.

This course will close to enrolments at 10am UK time on 20 October 2023.

Programme details


12.30pm          Registration

1.00pm            Introduction

1.15pm             Background

3.00pm            Coffee/Tea

3.15pm             Case preparation

6.30pm            Break

7.00pm            Dinner

8.15pm             Case consultation

WEDNESDAY 29 November 2023

8.00am            Breakfast (residents only)

9.30am            The Public Inquiry (practical session)

11.00am           Coffee/Tea

11.30am           The Public Inquiry (continued)

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            The Public Inquiry (continued)

3.30pm            Coffee/Tea

3.45pm            The Public Inquiry (continued)

5.00pm            Break

7.00pm            Dinner

8.15pm             Informal discussion


8.00am            Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am            Video presentation

10.30am          Coffee/Tea

11.00am           Analysis

1.00pm            Lunch

2.00pm            Course disperses


Description Costs
Tuition includes coffee/tea £590.00
Baguette Lunch one day only £6.50
Baguette Lunch Wednesday & Thursday £13.00
Dinner one evening only £26.00
Dinner Tuesday & Wednesday evening £52.00
Full Hot Lunch one day only £17.60
Full Hot Lunch Wednesday & Thursday £35.20
Single B&B Tuesday & Wednesday nights £202.80


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:


Mrs Abigail Lloyd

Barrister and Buildings, Landscape and Place-Names Historian

Mr Roger M Thomas

Barrister and Archaeologist

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Mr David Woolley


David Woolley KC, Formerly Landmark Chambers


Accommodation for this three-day course is at Rewley House for Tuesday and Wednesday 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.