The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places

Course details

From £377.00

Wed 08 May 2019 - Thu 09 May 2019
9.00am Weds - 4.15pm Thurs

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

Wednesday 8 May

09.30 am             Preliminary outline of course and introductions - George Lambrick

09.45 am             Introduction:  Principles, Guidance and Examples - George Lambrick

10.50 am             Discussion

11.00 am             Coffee

11.30 am             Making the case:  setting issues from a legal perspective – David Woolley QC

12.20 pm             Discussion

12.30 pm             Lunch

1.30 pm                Principles of visual assessment and its communication – Ian Houlston

2.20 pm                Discussion

2.30 pm                Setting issues in managing heritage properties of national and international significance - Karin Taylor

3.20 pm                Discussion

3.30 pm                Tea

3.45 pm                Topic tbc -  Stephen Carter

4.35 pm                Discussion

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

5.35pm                 Discussion

5.45 pm                Break

7.00 pm                Dinner

8.00 pm                History in the view:  some Oxford perspectives - Julian Munby

8.45 pm                Discussion

Thursday 9 May

9.00 am                Field trip briefing - George Lambrick

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

12.00 noon         Return

12.20 pm             Completion of field assessments and discussion - led by George Lambrick

1.00 pm                Lunch

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

2.50 pm                Discussion

3.00 pm                Mitigating setting effects on linear transport schemes - George Lambrick

3.50 pm                Discussion

4.00 pm                Final Q&A session and overall discussion - led by George Lambrick

4.15 pm                Tea/Course disperses



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.



Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £377.00
Baguette Thursday: £4.90
Baguette Wednesday: £4.90
Dinner Wednesday: £20.00
Hot Lunch Thursday: £14.00
Hot Lunch Wednesday: £14.00
Single B&B Wednesday: £79.20


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:


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.

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.

Dr Richard Morrice


Planning Advice and Reform, Historic England

Mr Julian T 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.

Mr Ken Smith


Peak District National Park

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 David Woolley


David Woolley QC, Formerly Landmark Chambers

Mr George Lambrick

Course Director

Independent Archaeology and Heritage Consultant


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