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Royal Agricultural University: Conservation and Management of Historic Buildings

Institution Royal Agricultural University View institution profile
Department Cultural Heritage Institute
Telephone 01285 889912
Study type Taught


Even the simplest structure encapsulates a huge body of evidence about the past. To protect and steward a building’s heritage requires an understanding of its nature, structure, historic context and significance, the ways in which the building can be legally protected and the conservation tools which are available for its repair and upkeep. It also requires an understanding of how a given structure can be managed for a sustainable future. This includes everything from schemes of interpretation and display, to how visitors can be managed to control potential damage through to how historic buildings can be retrofitted to make them environmentally friendly.

This blending of conservation and management skills lies at the heart of this course and reflects the integrative direction of travel of many historic building professions.

This programme was developed in consultation with heritage building organisations and professionals. You will learn from a range of tutors who have considerable experience of working with historic buildings in both academia and the heritage sector. You will benefit from opportunities to work with heritage organisations and projects, and also gain practical conservation skills through optional short courses with our practical training associates.

Career prospects include:

  • Historic building surveyor (investigation, recording and analysis)

  • Local authority / heritage agency conservation officer

  • Historic building manager

  • Advisor on the interpretation and display of historic buildings

  • Project manager for the development, adaptive reuse and regeneration of historic buildings


Royal Agricultural University





About the Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years.

We combine knowledge and industry connections with an innovative, forward-thinking approach that continues to open doors for our graduates.

Set in 25-acres of picturesque green grounds in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the University has over 1,100 students and offers many programmes at postgraduate level.

Alongside access to arable and dairy farms and an equine centre, students also benefit from an award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and Farm491 – RAU’s agritech business …

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