Courses and workshops in the historic environment

Short courses providing training in key skills

Our programme of courses in the historic environment offer expert tuition for professionals whose work involves fieldwork, planning, management, curation and research, and also for members of the public with a keen interest in archaeology and historic buildings.

New online programme for 2021

Delivered online in a virtual classroom, these online courses are based on our in-Oxford teaching, with class sizes kept small to maximise interaction between you, your classmates and tutor.

Upcoming courses

Contested Heritage, 27 May 2021

Join our expert workshop to explore the government's new proposals for managing contested heritage, and discuss how we examine harm and impact in planning and heritage terms.

Researching the Historic Environment: Key Skills and Resources, 29-30 June 2021

Expert guidance on how to find and use the key sources of information for your historic environment research. For those starting out in professional and postgraduate heritage research as well as for more experienced researchers seeking to refresh and bolster their existing skillset.

Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the Programme Administrator:

Expert tuition for professionals

Our courses:

  • have been developed with leading heritage practices
  • provide training in key archaeological skills firmly grounded in everyday professional working experience
  • engage with some of the most complex issues in the sector.

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Previous courses

Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education has been the leading provider of continuing professional development training for the heritage sector for over 30 years, and we welcome more than 200 heritage professionals on our programme every year.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, our programme of in-Oxford courses in the historic environment has been suspended for the 2020-21 academic year. Below is a list of practical courses we have offered in the past and hope to offer again once face-to-face teaching can resume.  

  • An Introduction to GIS for Archaeologists
  • Short Course in Radiocarbon Dating and Bayesian Chronological Analysis
  • Stratigraphic Analysis in Archaeology
  • The Setting of Heritage Assets and Places
  • Heritage Research: Skills and Sources
  • Churches: History, Significance and Use
  • Delivering Public Benefit through Archaeology
  • Condition Surveys of Historic Buildings
  • Photographing Historic Buildings
  • Heritage Values and the Assessment of Significance
  • Project Management in Archaeology: An Introduction
  • Public Inquiry Workshop

These courses are linked to the National Occupational Standards for the sector and are endorsed by CifA, the IHBC, FAME and the Archaeology Training Forum for continuous professional development. 

Upcoming courses

  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Tue 29 Jun 2021 – 30 Jun 2021
  • 9.30am-1.00pm
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Wed 14 Apr 2021 – 16 Apr 2021
  • 10.00 - 12.00
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Thu 29 Apr 2021
  • 9.45am-12noon
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Wed 05 May 2021 – 06 May 2021
  • 10.00 - 12.30
  • Short courses, Professional development
  • Thu 27 May 2021
  • 9.45am-12noon