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Historic England - Essentials Training

With our historic environment playing evermore integrated and valuable roles in the way we plan for our future, increasing understanding, awareness and ability in heritage management at the local level has never been so important.

The Historic Environment Local Management (HELM) Essentials Programme responds to a clear demand from those tasked with managing and planning for local heritage, building skills and capacity at a time when resources are under pressure. 

Free day courses
A national programme of free one-day courses will be rolled out across England between 2016 – 2018. Five CPD courses will be delivered in each region, addressing a series of core topics including:
• Constructive Conservation
• The Setting of Heritage Assets
• The Heritage Management Framework: Interpreting and applying policy & legislation
• The Heritage Values: Working with value and significance
• A Sustainable Past: Information, tools and evidence for managing change

Courses are aimed at those that come into contact with the historic environment in their day to day roles, including local authority planners, councillors, civil servants, career entry graduates and heritage professionals.

Online courses
The free day courses will run in tandem with a series of complementary online courses that will support and help develop learning outcomes. 

Historic England HELM Essentials courses are being delivered by Locus Consulting and a team of experienced planning and heritage professionals from across England, helping to tailor training according to local needs. Courses will be advertised 2-3 months in advance.


Historic England is dedicated to enhancing skills and understanding amongst those tasked with managing the historic environment, recognising the valuable role it has in creating better places. The HELM Essentials Programme will help deliver key aims and objectives for supporting and building capacity within local authorities, as defined within our Corporate Plan 2015-18, Action Plan and Training Strategy.

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