Andrew Shepherd, David Heath, David Hills

The Conservation of Historic Buildings course awards a Graduate Diploma on completion of its two-year, part-time programme. Designed for built heritage professionals, and following the ICOMOS training guidelines, the course aims to enhance awareness and skills in the core areas of historic knowledge and cultural appreciation; research and report writing; philosophies of conservation; the international conservation charters; traditional building materials and construction; structures of historic buildings; fabric deterioration and repair; building investigations and assessments; regeneration and conservation; design in modern urban contexts, and international projects.

The programme has developed with the input of current and past students, and emphasis is placed on practical craft skills, with hands-on experience of lime, timber, stonework and metalwork. The developing theories and practice of conservation of post-1919 ‘modern’ buildings continue to be addressed. The students are encouraged to research the lecture/visit themes and to develop their ideas in their written assessment exercises, which also emphasise practical, professional skills. Diverging from previous years the course did not have a visiting foreign lecturer. However, plans are in place for a tour of World Heritage city Gjirokastër in Albania that will take place later this summer. This is in conjunction with director Andrew Shepherd’s ongoing contributions to restoration camps in various Balkan countries arranged by the Swedish NGO, Cultural Heritage without Borders.

Finally, it would be remiss to not take this publication as an opportunity to thank David Heath for his significant contribution to the course as thesis tutor over the past five years. As his students can certainly attest, his knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication have been exemplary, and he will be missed.



Andrew Shepherd


Year Tutor 

David Hills


Thesis Tutor

David Heath



Danielle Hewitt 


Visiting Lecturers

Megan Aldrich

Brian Ayers

Marion Baeli

John Bailey

Justine Bailey 

John Beauchamp

Clyde Binfield

Joseph Bispham

Bill Blake

Karen Butti

David Bonnett

Ian Bristow

Richard Brown

Sarah Brown

Linda Bullock

John Burton

Neil Burton

Oliver Caroe

Sharon Cather

Alan Cathersides

Nick Chapple

Jonathan Coad

Peter Cox

Patrick Crawford

Robert De Maus

Brian Dix

Philip Dixon

Michael Drury

Keith Emerick

Helen Ensor

Geoff Evans

Tim Floyd

Jeremy Foster 

John Gajewski

Claire Gapper  

Dan Golberg

Alan Greening

Richard Halsey

Julian Harrap

Richard Harris

Rupert Harris

Elain Harwood

Robert Harwood

Bob Hawkins

Carolyne Haynes

David Heath

Paula Henderson

Jacques Heyman

Charles Hind

Liz Hirst

Helen Hughes

Ian Hume

Richard Ireland David James 

Timothy Jones Frank Kelsall

Shawn Kholuchy

Monica Knight

Ellen Leslie

John Letts

Steve Levrant

Cathy Littlejohn

Alyson McDermott

Michael Morrison

Ed Morton

Cathy Oakes

David Odgers

Lisa Pasquale

Robyn Pender

Alan Powers

Monica Price

Sam Price

John Redmill

Ian Rice

Geoff Rich

Clive Richardson

Judith Roebuck

Matthew Saunders

Veronica Sekules

Malcolm Starr

Sally Strachey

Robert Thorne

Dante Vanoli

Tony Walker

Karin Walton

Michael West

Marc Wiese

Gill White

Roger White

Andrew Wiles

Christopher Woodward