Heritage Protection - ARC00043M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gill Chitty
  • Credit value: 5 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2016-17

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2016-17
B Spring Term 2016-17

Module aims

  • to familiarise with the key UK legislation, policy and guidance for the historic environment
  • to enable students to understand the key statutory roles, organisations, and processes in heritage protection in the UK
  • to introduce the scope and diversity of international heritage policy and conservation charters
  • to introduce students to the respective roles of the key organisations involved internationally.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should:

  • be familiar with the history and scope of the key statutory and policy instruments which relate to heritage protection in the UK
  • understand the roles of key UK organisations in the implementation of statutory and non-statutory protection of the historic environment
  • be able to critically appraise proposals for change to heritage assets and their setting in relation to legislative frameworks and public policy
  • be aware of the range of international heritage policy and the key international conservation charters
  • appreciate the roles of the principal organisations involved internationally in heritage conservation.

Academic and graduate skills

  • able to work effectively as a team
  • developed time management and presentation skills


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The logbook will be submitted according to the departments assessment timetable, currently 12pm, Wednesday of Week 10. The module coordinator will offer informal feedback sessions in week 1 of the following term as required.

Indicative reading

  • Australia ICOMOS, (1999). The Australia ICOMOS charter for the conservation of places of cultural significance,
  • British Standards Institution, (1998). BS 7913: Guide to The principles of the conservation of historic buildings, British Standards Institution, London.
  • CLG 2010. Planning Policy Statement 5: Planning and the Historic Environment, London, CLG
  • CLG 2012. National Planning Policy Framework. London: CLG
  • Cookson, N., (2000). Archaeological heritage Law, Barry Rose, Chichester.
  • Council of Europe, (1969). European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage, Council of Europe, Paris.
  • Council of Europe, (1992). European Convention on the protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised) [the Vallette Convention], Council of Europe, Vallette.
  • Cullingworth, J.B., and Nadin, V., (2001). Town and Country Planning in the UK, 13th ed., Routledge, London.
  • DCMS, (2003). Protecting the Historic Environment: Making the System Work Better, Department of Culture Media and Sport, London. [consultation document]
  • DCMS, (2007). Heritage Protection for the 21st Century, DCMS, London. [Government white paper]
  • Delafons, John, (1997). Politics and preservation: a policy history of the built heritage. 1882-1996, Spon, London.
  • Department of the Environment with the Department of National Heritage, (1994). Planning Policy Guidance 15: Planning and the Historic Environment, HMSO, London
  • Department of the Environment, (1990). Planning Policy Guidance 16: Archaeology and Planning, HMSO, London.
  • English Heritage, (2002). State of the historic environment report 2002, English Heritage, London.
  • English Heritage, (2008), Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance for the sustainable management of the historic environment, Heritage, London.
  • HMSO, (1979). The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act (1979), Her Majestys Stationary Office, London.
  • HMSO, (1990). Planning, (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act) 1990, HMSO, London.
  • HMSO, (1990). The Town and Country Planning Act (1990), HMSO, London.
  • HMSO, (1995). The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order (1995), HMSO, London.
  • ICOMOS, (1990). ICOMOS Charter for the Protection and Management of the Archaeological Heritage, International Council on Monuments and Sites, Lausanne.
  • Pickard, R., (2001). Policy and law in heritage conservation, Spon, London.
  • Smith, Laurajane and Natsuko Akagawa, (eds.), (2008). Intangible Heritage (Key Issues in Cultural Heritage, Routledge, Abingdon.
  • UNESCO, (1956). Recommendation on the International Principles Applicable to Archaeological Excavations, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, New Delhi.
  • UNESCO, (1972). Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, UNESCO, Paris.
  • UNESCO, (2003). Hoi An Protocols for best conservation practice in Asia, The Office of Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok.
  • UNESCO, (2003). Convention on the protection of intangible cultural heritage, UNESCO, Paris.

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