The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places


The setting of buildings, monuments and historic areas is fundamental to how people appreciate their cultural value and significance.  But it is a complex and contentious issue for decision-makers.  In the context of official guidance and wide-ranging experience of practical casework, this course explains why the setting of historic places matters, and the principles and practical skills of sound assessment and decision-making.

The course will be of particular interest to those involved with heritage issues in planning decisions, especially major developments affecting sensitive locations.  Such involvement could be as planning or heritage consultants;  planning officers;  agency regulators;  historic environment curators;  or representatives of amenity societies or other voluntary bodies.  It will also be of use to those who commission studies such as conservation plans, heritage assessments or specialist studies for strategic and project scale environmental assessments. 

Programme details


9.00am            Registration coffee/tea

9.30am            Preliminary outline of course and introductions

                        George Lambrick

9.45am            Introduction:  Principles, Guidance and Examples

                        George Lambrick

10.50am          Discussion

11.00am          Coffee/tea

11.30am          Making the case:  setting issues from a legal 


                        David Woolley QC

12.20pm          Discussion

12.30pm          Lunch

1.30pm            Principles of visual assessment and its communication

                        Ian Houlston

2.20pm            Discussion

2.30pm            Setting issues in managing heritage properties of national

                        and international significance

                        Karin Taylor

3.20pm            Discussion

3.30pm            Tea/coffee

3.45pm            Oxford High Buildings Guidance: Understanding the setting of

                        heritage assets in an historic city

                        Stephen Carter

4.35pm            Discussion

4.45pm            Archaeology and setting - a view from a National Park

                        Ken Smith

5.35pm            Discussion

5.45pm            Break

7.00pm            Dinner

8.00pm            History in the view:  some Oxford perspectives

                        Julian Munby

8.45pm            Discussion



8.00am            Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am            Field trip briefing - George Lambrick

9.20am            Field trip - led by George Lambrick with Michael Pirie

12.00 noon      Return

12.20pm          Completion of field assessments and discussion

                        led by George Lambrick

1.00pm           Lunch

2.00pm           Tall buildings, history in the view and setting issues

                        Richard Morrice

2.50pm            Discussion

3.00pm            Mitigating setting effects on linear transport schemes

                        George Lambrick

3.50pm            Discussion

4.00pm            Final Q&A session and overall discussion

                        led by George Lambrick

4.15pm            Tea/coffee and course disperses



Description Costs
Tuition (includes coffee/tea) £387.00
Baguette Thursday £5.00
Baguette Wednesday £5.00
Dinner Wednesday £21.00
Hot Lunch Thursday £15.00
Hot Lunch Wednesday £15.00
Single B&B Wednesday £82.00


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 Julian Munby


Julian Munby works on historic buildings and landscapes for Oxford Archaeology, has been researching the history of Oxford for many years, with a special interest in its buildings and in drawn views of the city. He has wide interests in cultural studies from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, and he is a regular lecturer for OUDCE.

Mr Michael Pirie


Michael Pirie has been head gardener at Green Templeton College since 1980 and takes an interest in garden, architectural and University history.

Dr Richard Morrice


Planning Advice and Reform, Historic England

Mr David Woolley


David Woolley QC, Formerly Landmark Chambers

Mr Ken Smith


Peak District National Park

Dr Stephen Carter


Stephen is a historic environment professional based in Edinburgh. His original academic training was in natural sciences, leading to doctoral research in environmental archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology in London. He was a director of Headland Archaeology from 1996 but in 2008 he stepped back from this role to concentrate solely on heritage consultancy work. Over the past 15 years he has worked primarily in environmental impact assessment with a focus on the assessment of development-related impacts on setting. He regularly gives evidence as an expert witness in public inquiries and hearings.

Ms Karin Taylor


Karin is a geographer, Town Planner and Landscape Architect and is Head of Planning for the National Trust.  She has extensive experience in local government as well as at the Trust, specialising in rural planning, heritage and landscape conservation.

Mr Ian Houlston


Ian Houlston is a landscape architect and archaeologist.  He is an expert in green infrastructure planning, landscape character assessment and landscape and visual impact assessment and advises on landscape strategies and masterplans for development in sensitive and protected landscapes. 


He has developed national guidance for seascape and townscape character assessment and is regularly invited to speak on the topic of strategic landscape planning to students and professional audiences.  He sits on the East Midlands Design Review Panel and also advises on policy matters for the Landscape Institute.

Mr George Lambrick

Course Director

Independent Archaeology and Heritage Consultant


Accommodation for this course is at Rewley House for Wednesday night 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.