Part of Historic Environment Scotland

Conservation policy and planning

Gain a comprehensive overview of the domestic and international legislative framework used to manage and protect the historic built environment.



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2 weeks


23 October - 6 November 2019

Study time

Taught:3 days


As a stand-alone short course:£240


Looking for a related qualification? Learn about our Accredited Diploma that can be taken part-time or full time.

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Learn about the main policy drivers affecting building conservation today. Critically examine the roles of statutory bodies, public funders, voluntary organisations and civic/amenity groups in broader conservation policy and decision-making.

What you will learn

You will get a more in-depth understanding of the statutory planning framework introduced in our Conservation Principles & Ethics short course.

You will also learn the process of:

  • scheduling monuments and listing buildings
  • designating and appraising conservation areas

Explore recent initiatives such as the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (2009) and Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit (2012).

Topics covered

  • Policy drivers and objectives
  • Statutory planning framework
  • Designations and policy guidance
  • World Heritage designation and management

Course content

Short courses offer the opportunity to learn about building conservation through lectures, workshops and site visits.

Classes, lectures and presentations

Students benefit from attending classes and lectures taught by national and international experts. Forthcoming lectures are to be confirmed.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Elly McCrone, Head of Designations (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Barbara Cummins, Director of Heritage (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Colin Tennant, Head of Technical Education and Training (Historic Environment Scotland)
  • Neil Grieve, former Programme Director, MSC in European Conservation (Dundee University)

Potential site visits

Students have the opportunity to participate in site visits. These vary from one year to another.

Previous site visits for this course have included:


Although our short courses are not formally assessed, students will be awarded a certificate upon successfully completing this course.

A formal qualification can be obtained by studying our Advanced Professional Diploma on Technical Building Conservation.

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