The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places

Course summary

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            Course 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 perspective

                       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            Windfarms and the setting of heritage assets and places 

                        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

12.00noon       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 


4.15pm             Tea/coffee and Course disperses



National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: Contributes to the Performance criteria and Knowledge and Understanding requirements for CCSAPAD1 Characterise the archaeological resource and recommend action

National Occupational Standards for Town Planning/Conservation/Building Control: Contributes to the Performance, knowledge and understanding requirements for COSTPCBCB51.1 Identify and assess significant factors influencing the project proposals in conservation and building control and COSBEDCL4O02 Provide ethical advice, judgement and service in planning, conservation and building control.


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: £375.00
Baguette Lunch Wednesday & Thursday: £8.80
Dinner Wednesday evening: £18.25
Full Hot Lunch Wednesday & Thursday: £26.00
Single B&B Wednesday night: £72.60


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 Stephen Carter


Headland Archaeology

Mr Ian Houlston


LDA Design

Mr George Lambrick

Course Director

Independent Archaeology and Heritage Consultant

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 P Pirie


Head Gardener of Green Templeton College, Oxford and Part-Time Tutor for OUDCE

Mr Ken Smith


Peak District National Park

Ms Karin Taylor


National Trust

Mr David Woolley


David Woolley QC, Formerly Landmark Chambers