Dr Keith Emerick
Research associate




Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Historic England (formery English Heritage), National Planning Team, Yorkshire (since 1999)

My work is chiefly concerned with the conservation and management of State and privately owned archaeological sites and monuments in North Yorkshire, the City of York, Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. I advise central government on applications to undertake works, and advise local planning authorities on planning applications affecting archaeological sites and registered battlefields. I generate, promote and support applications for grant aid from single group, Trusts, charities or multi-agency partners.

Special responsibility for Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, World Heritage Site.  Member of the Steering Group that produced the World Heritage Site Management Plan (2000), and its first review, published in 2009.

Chair of the Ancient Monument Inspectors Group (AMIG) for six years.

Member of the Working Group that produced the ‘Conservation Principles’. Member of the English Heritage ‘Access Policy’ group for ‘Power of Place’, the document that set out the new agenda for the cultural environment in England, and the research group of which I was a member considered the issues surrounding extending physical and intellectual access to the cultural environment for those currently excluded by incapacity, race, gender or economic reasons.

EH lead and one of the initiators of the Estate Apprenticeship Scheme.

English Heritage representative on the European Union ‘Converting Sacred Spaces’ project, with partners in France, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Inspector of Ancient Monuments and project team member for the following innovative heritage projects: Whitby Abbey Visitor Centre, Rievaulx Abbey Museum; Helmsley Castle Visitor Centre, Helmsley, N. Yorkshire; Fountains Abbey Mill; Acomb ROC Bunker, York; Hellifield Peel, Hellifield, North Yorkshire.

Work undertaken outside of English Heritage:

1998: Promotion of craft skills and cultural heritage management, Dubai.

2000 to present: Tutor for National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) Craft Skills apprenticeship scheme.

2010: Riwaq Conference, Ramallah, Occupied West Bank, Palestine.

2012: Trustee for Queen’s Mill project, Castleford, W. Yorkshire.

2012: Tutor for INTBAU, Romania.


Selected publications


1987 ’21 – 23, Bootham, York’, Interim, York Archaeological Trust, York.

1992 ‘Recent Discoveries at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire: Results of Geophysical survey conducted on the Abbey Green,  Proceedings of the 1992 Medieval Europe Conference, York University, York Archaeological Trust and Society for Medieval Archaeology.  (Co-author).

1995 ‘The Survey and Recording of Historic Monuments’, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, Vol. 28: 201 – 205.

1997 ‘Archaeology and Architecture: A Tradition of Collaboration’, Journal of Architectural Conservation, Vol 3 No. 1, March 1997: 52 – 66.

1998 ‘Charles Peers and Beyond: From Frozen Monuments to Fluid Landscapes’, in History and Heritage., eds. J. Arnold, K. Davies and S. Ditchfield, Donhead: 183 – 197.

2001 ‘Use, value and significance in heritage management’, in Destruction and Conservation of Cultural Property, eds. Layton, R., Stone, P.G. and Thomas, J., One World Archaeology.

2003 ‘Whitby and Clonmacnoise’, Clonmacnoise Studies vol. IV (ed) Heather King, Duchas, Republic of Ireland.

2007 ‘Discussing Community Value’, Context, IHBC, March  2007.

2007 ‘Castleford Heritage Group: going legit’, Conservation Bulletin, English Heritage.

2009 ‘Archaeology and the Cultural Heritage Management ‘toolkit’. The example of a community heritage project at Cawood, North Yorkshire’ in Taking archaeology out of heritage eds E. Waterton and L. Smith, 91-115. Cambridge Scholars, Cambridge.

2011 ‘Managing Star Carr’, Journal of Wetland Archaeology, 11: 120  - 132.

2013 ‘The rehabilitation of restoration’ in N. Piplani (ed) Imagining conservation: the next 20 years, University of York, York. 20 – 28.

2014 Conserving and Managing Ancient Monuments: heritage, democracy and inclusion, Heritage Matters, University of Newcastle and Boydell,

Contributory Author:

2008 Converted Monasteries, Interreg IIIB NWE  Sien bvba, Belgium.

2012 Practical Building Conservation, English Heritage, London.

Reviewer for:

International Journal of Heritage Studies



My PhD research examined the emerging definitions of ‘heritage’ and considered the changing role of the heritage manager. My research was divided into three sections: in the first section I analysed the origins and development of ideas concerning the definition and use of ‘monuments’, examining how those ideas had been created and determined by a small group of specialists who had a narrow range of interests – and which has remained largely unaltered. The second section dealt with the growing idea that ‘heritage’ is a key driver in social and economic terms and must be socially inclusive and participatory to be sustainable and has to be developed at community level. The third section considered how heritage managers trained exclusively in the approach described in the first section, could meet the challenges generated by new approaches.

My dissertation used case study research undertaken in England, Ireland, Cyprus and North America.

Specialisms and Interests: Social value and social justice in conservation; community heritage; Conservation and Management Plans; World Heritage Management Plans; intangible heritage; conservation and heritage management in post-war reconstruction; Islamic cultural heritage; adaptive re-use; public history; physical and intellectual access; CHM Theory; origins and development of conservation practice (with particular interest in conservation practice in colonial and post-colonial contexts); origins of conservation practice in the USA.



Keith Emerick

Contact details

Dr Keith Emerick
Department of Archaeology
University of York
The King's Manor

Tel: (44) 1904 43xxxx
Fax: (44) 1904 433902