Centre for Applied Heritage Studies

The Centre for Applied Heritage Studies (CAHSt) draws together CHM research and teaching into a coherent and ambitious focus group within the Department of Archaeology, and with connections extending across the heritage sector and to other universities. Together we believe that, beyond its economic significance, heritage matters and that it plays a vital role in the sustainable management of change for the benefit of society. University teaching staff, research students, visiting staff and fellows populate the Centre, all united in recognising the need to combine theoretical principles with working practice, and to develop cross-disciplinary and international research collaboration which aim to generate examples of sustainable global practice and establish York as a centre for the interpretation and management of cultural heritage around the world.




Heritage is not simply about the past; it is vitally about the present and the future. A heritage that is disjoined from ongoing life has limited value. Heritage involves continual creation and transformation. We can make heritage by adding new ideas to old ideas. Heritage is never something to merely be conserved or protected, but rather to be modified and enhanced.’ (Robert Palmer, Council of Europe 2009).

For over a decade Cultural Heritage Management (CHM) has accompanied Conservation Studies within our Department of Archaeology. Together these related programmes provide a framework for research and teaching on the historic environment, in the UK and elsewhere. Geographical scope incorporates the UK, Europe, the US, Australasia and East Africa, while subject matter includes buildings and sites, landscape and environment, and intangible cultural heritage. The Centre’s Director, John Schofield, previously worked for English Heritage (the UK’s leading heritage agency and government advisor on heritage matters in England) for 21 years. John was appointed to the University of York in 2010 and now uses his wealth of practiccal experience to enhance the impact of heritage research at York.


Kate Giles Archaeology of buildings
Jane Grenville Archaeology and conservation of buildings
Anthony Masinton Computing Officer (virtual reality; CAD; archaeological computing; buildings survey and analysis)
Cath Neal Community archaeology, Heslington East Field Officer
Sophie Norton Hamlyn Feilden Regional Heritage Skills Co-ordinator
Sara Perry Museology, Visualisation
Julian Richards Digital heritage, Director of Archaeology Data Service
John Schofield Landscape, the contemporary past, people and place, archaeologies of recent conflict
James Symonds YAT Fellow in Historical Archaeology
Kevin Walsh Landscape Archaeology, Politics of Heritage and Museums





Contemporary past


Digital Heritage

Heritage and Mobility

Heritage and Society

Intangible Heritage





CAHSt is outward looking, with numerous connections to heritage agencies, NGOs and practitioners in the UK and elsewhere. A more formal network, on heritage ethics and practice, has been established with Stanford Heritage Ethics at the Stanford Archaeology Center, US. 


BA Archaeology and Heritage

MA Cultural Heritage Management


Academic enquiries
John Schofield

Postgraduate Administrator 
Janine Lyon

01904 323963

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