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Historic Environment Local Management Training Programme

Our Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) training programme provides training on managing the historic environment for local authorities, regional agencies and national organisations, free of charge. Here you can find out more about our courses.Training Courses 2017-18

We work with partners to deliver courses that:

  • provide advice and practical tools to further understanding of heritage issues and
  • enable people to make decisions which enhance and protect our heritage for future generations.

HELM courses are one day long, and are offered in various locations.

To book a course or view the programme, please click on your preferred course date below.

Conservation Area Management

Learn about the important role of a conservation area survey, and how it can be used to underpin management priorities at a local level. You will learn how to compare the survey data to highlight negative trends, and be introduced to tools to manage these.

Introduction to Archaeology for Planners

This course will introduce planners in local authorities to how we understand, protect and manage the historic environment. It will look at the different asset types and how to understand and articulate significance. It will give you more confidence to be able to weigh up the impact on significance to heritage in planning applications, in conjunction with relevant specialist colleagues, and to ensure the historic environment is appropriately considered in local plans.

In this introduction to archaeology, planners will gain an understanding of the role of archaeology in the planning process. This will help planners to collaborate more effectively with heritage professionals.

Local Heritage Listing

The overall aim of this course is to encourage delegates to consider how local heritage listing might be adopted effectively and efficiently.

The Management of Historic Cemeteries

This course aims to raise awareness about the significance of historic cemeteries, and will encourage delegates to think about practical methods for achieving conservation.


Easy Access to Historic Places of Worship

This course aims to improve understanding of the statutory background to accessibility and the historic environment, and to share best practice for managing historic places of worship to allow greater disabled access.

Conservation Areas @ 50

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act that established conservation areas. Their promotion is a statutory duty of Historic England, as highlighted in the Corporate Plan 2016-19, and we have considerable expertise about them to deploy.The course will relate to a host of other HE-led activities designed to celebrate the anniversary. This includes an update of the 2016 Understanding Place: conservation area designation, appraisal and management advice note, surveys of Civic Voice, IHBC members and the general public, and a focus on conservation areas as part of Heritage at Risk. It will also complement and draw on the work of other organisations, such as the 20th Century Society’s survey of C20 conservation areas.

Heritage Economics and Understanding the Development Process

This course will provide delegates with an understanding of the risk associated with heritage specific development projects, an appreciation of the way in which development appraisals are carried out, a better understanding of the perspective of the developer and their processes when dealing with a historic development and the ability to place the value of heritage in the context of development.

The NPPF Decoded

This course is a practical workshop aimed at encouraging the consistent and efficient delivery of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) amongst Development Management Planning staff. Led by speakers from a range of Historic England departments, the course will tackle key problem topics through a mixture of group discussions, case study exercises and expert panels.

Coastal and Marine Planning

The course is essential for those professionals involved directly with planning matters and project delivery within the coastal margin. The course will be of particular benefit to those  with responsibility for the historic environment.


Understanding and Managing World Heritage Sites

The course  will provide delegates with a better understanding of UNESCO and the value it provides, an awareness and better knowledge of the World Heritage Convention and its relevance in England, the ability to implement, and fully appreciate the nomination process for World Heritage status, and an understanding of the benefits and challenges arising from World Heritage status, including the legislation surrounding the status.

Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets

This course is based on the recently published guidance 'Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets'. The course is aimed at Asset Managers, Estate Surveyors, Facilities Managers, Planners and anyone engaged with the maintenance and management of Listed Buildings in Local Authority ownership.  Calling on a range of expert speakers from the Property and Heritage sectors, the course is designed to introduce managers to the variety of historic buildings and sites, the existing tools for good practice and how to achieve benefits from the historic estate.

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