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Claire Smith

Research Project

'Beyond the List': A critical examination of the development and impacts of statutory and non-statutory heritage lists on the national management of heritage in England

An AHRC collaborative doctoral partnership with Historic England

Supervisors: Gill Chitty and Joseph Flatman (Historic England)


The research reviews variations in the use and effectiveness of statutory and non-statutory heritage lists in managing heritage through the planning system across England. The focus is particularly on listed buildings under the National Heritage List for England and its local list counterparts administrated by local authorities, but it is open to thinking regarding scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, historic environment records and heritage at risk registers.

Through gathering the views of professionals and local stakeholders in the heritage sector, the research seeks to reassess innovation in policy and practice since 2010 and provide suggestions for the future direction of travel for the management of heritage, either through lists or other mechanisms. Contextual data analysis of current lists will be undertaken alongside group discussions and interviews, taking into account the impact that the urban/rural, geographic and economic characteristics of a place can influence the nature of heritage and its management within the planning system. The overall aim of the research is to understand recent development and impacts of heritage ‘listing’ on the national management of the historic environment in order to inform future policy and practice at national and local scales.


Claire Price utilizes a mixed-disciplinary background, combining the perspectives of architectural history (from a BA in History of Art, University of York, 2010) and archaeology (MA in Cultural Heritage Management, University of York 2013).

Prior to beginning her PhD research, Claire worked at the Council for British Archaeology, latterly as the Listed Buildings Caseworker for England. Claire brings experience of sector practice to her research and aims to share knowledge between academia and the heritage sector as an ongoing part of the research process. Claire has written articles in British Archaeology and Historic England Research magazines.

Associated with the PhD, Claire has worked in the urban design and heritage team at Nottingham City Council, contributing to the Enhancing the Local List project within the Heritage Action Zone. Other work experience includes: York City Council’s inclusive arts team, Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, the Quilt Museum, the Churches Conservation Trust and Tate Liverpool’s development team.

Outside of her research, Claire jointly co-ordinates a Heritage Lottery funded church conservation project at St Denys’ Church, York. The project addresses fabric conservation works and new visitor activities but at its heart is a collaborative and rewarding participative project to benefit the church community.


2012 - 2014          Teaching assistant – Heritage Practice

2014                     Guest lecturer – RIBA Conservation course (external to University of York)

2014 - 2016          External speaker – Heritage Protection

2016                     Group tutor – Practical Skills and Group Project: Conservation and Planning

2016 - 2018          Module leader – Heritage Protection

Contact details

Ms Claire Price
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor