Unlocking Historic Buildings - Leicester

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Central Leicester (venue TBC)

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This course addresses a direct demand from previous HELM delegates, who have indicated a need for further training in how to interpret and understand historic buildings. We are therefore working with an experienced conservation architect and trainer, who will introduce the following:

  • The interpretation of conservation principles
  • The difference between old and new buildings
  • Dating of buildings and the main architectural styles
  • Traditional construction methods and materials including a brief opportunity to handle materials

A combination of taught sessions and practical exercises will give delegates the tools they need to be able to interpret the development of buildings, define their significance and inform decisions about their repair and reuse.

This event is aimed at local authority conservation and planning staff that can deal with case work affecting both listed buildings and undesignated heritage assets.

Draft Programme (subject to amendment)

09:30 Refreshments and registration

10:00 Welcome and introduction

10:15 Buzz session on why we value old buildings

10.35 Architectural styles and interpreting old buildings

11:45 Coffee Break

12.00 Traditional building construction

12.45 Lunch, plus building issues exercise

13.25 Practical lime demonstration with an opportunity to handle materials

15.00 Coffee and review of building issues exercise

15:30 Case study exercise - an opportunity to apply what you've learnt

16:25 Final Q&A and evaluation

16.45 Chair's summary

17.00 Close

Please note that this is designed as an introduction to the subjects above. Those that would prefer to address any of these issues in more depth should look at other opportunities such as Historic England's Heritage Practice short courses, and others offered by specialist providers.

Please also note that this course largely relates to buildings built prior to 1919.

Terms and Conditions

Booking is essential for all courses as places are limited. Please note that we are initially only able to allocate 2 places per organisation.
Please note, these training events are provided free of charge by Historic England, and places are at a premium. You can send a replacement or notify us by e mail if you book and then can’t attend. Non-attendance will incur a fee of £150 unless you contact us at least 5 days in advance.

Please also be aware photography or filming may take place at events for promotional use.

We use the Eventbrite online booking service to make it easier for you book onto our events. If you don’t want to book online using this service, please contact one of our Training Delivery Officers to request a booking form (email:

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