Historic Area Assessments in Practice, 24 May 2018
Through a mixture of presentation and site-based exercises, learn when and how to implement a Historic Area Assessment (HAA). HAA is a practical tool to understand and explain the character of a place and define its significance.
Who should attend?
This course is aimed at heritage consultants engaged in undertaking Historic Area Assessments. It will also be of interest to those commissioning a HAA.
Why should you join this course?
- This training will help delegates to understand the methodology of Historic Area Assessment
- It will enable delegates to decide when HAA is the most appropriate approach for a given planning context
- There will opportunity for ample discussion through the day and to ask Historic England experts specific HAA-related questions.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- To understand the role of Historic Area Assessment in determining the character and significance of an area, and highlighting issues that have the potential to change this character.
- To be able to specify and carry out a HAA
- To recognise the difference between HAA and other approaches such as Conservation Area Appraisals, Historic Landscape Characterisation and Extensive Urban Survey, so that delegates can determine which is most appropriate for a given situation.
- To understand potential outcomes and applications of Historic Area Assessments in spatial planning, heritage protection and development management
Agreed course programme*
- Pre-course webinar (date TBC): The scope of HAA
- Session 1: Introduction to HAAs
- Session 2: Practical exercise including fieldwork
- Session 3: Making HAAs work in practice
*The outline is subject to change
Meet the course tutors
Geraint Franklin MA is an Investigator at Historic England, with 18 years’ experience in the historic environment sector. Geraint recently revised Historic England’s guidance on Historic Area Assessment and is currently engaged on a HAA for the Ramsgate Heritage Action Zone, which will result in an accessible publication. He has additionally completed HAAs at Old Oak and Wandsworth Town in London and Queenborough in Kent. Geraint has taught on Heritage Practice courses run by Historic England at the University of Leicester and is a contributor to the MSt in Building History course at the University of Cambridge. He is a trustee of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and author of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis (2017) and Post-Modern Buildings in Britain (2017, with Elain Harwood).
Joanna Smith is a Senior Investigator at Historic England with 30 years’ experience in the historic environment sector. She has been engaged with Historic Area Assessments since the methodology was first developed and undertaken HAA’s on South Shoreditch, Central Peckham, East Tilbury, Queenborough and a number of parishes on the Hoo Peninsula. She is currently engaged in a national project looking at suburbs and suburban development from the early 19th century to the present day. Joanna has taught on various Heritage Practice courses, some concerned with HAA, at OUDCE and the University of Leicester.
Simon Taylor is a Senior Architectural Investigator and is Historic England’s Lead Professional for Architectural Investigation in the north of England. Simon has 24 years of experience in the historic environment sector, 21 of them spent as an architectural investigator, and contributed to the early development of Historic Area Assessment (HAA) methodology. He has undertaken and published on HAAs of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Gateshead, Anfield and Breckfield (Liverpool), the environs of Chester Amphitheatre, Denton Holme (Carlisle), Gatebeck and Endmoor (Cumbria) and Manningham (Bradford). He is currently working on an HAA of the historic town of Appleby-in-Westmorland, a Heritage Action Zone. Simon taught from 2005-9 on the English Heritage/OUDCE ‘Area Assessments of the Historic Environment’ course. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and the author of Manchester: The Warehouse Legacy (2002), Gateshead: Architecture in a Changing Urban Landscape (2004), Manchester’s Northern Quarter: The Greatest Meer Village (2008) and Manningham: Character and Diversity in a Bradford Suburb (2010).
The course fee for one day is £160, to include all tuition, lunch and light refreshments.
Please note that payment is by credit or debit card and we will require this payment within one week of receiving your completed form. If this is not received your place will be given away. Once we have received your completed form our payments team will phone you for payment of the course fees which is due in advance of the course; your place will then be confirmed.
If you choose to cancel your place within 28 days of the event we will not refund any costs. If cancelled earlier than this we will provide a full refund of £160.
How to book
To reserve your place on this course please email your completed booking form to: Train@HistoricEngland.org.uk and await a telephone call from our finance department in the week following. Your place will not be confirmed until we have received payment.
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