Module: Historic Asset Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Aidan Scott
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    200 hours
  • Contact hrs

    80 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

The module will explore, through a mixture of visits and visiting speakers, the criteria for identification, protection within the Planning System and skills needed for the management of historic/cultural sites, be they of an archaeological nature or within the built environment.  Students will critically review management plans of key historic sites, small-scale assets and artefacts identifying current and possible future problems and possible solutions with suggestions for improvements or adaptations, together with the objectives, to enable contextual and cultural relevance to similar assets to highlight the need for strategic approaches to management in the light of current and possible future Heritage specific legislation.

They will then work in small groups to complete an asset management plan for a specified asset which will be tested through the introduction of virtual scenarios to be defended within a mock public enquiry.

The emphasis will be on student-centred learning, through self exploration and investigation, although a series of tutorial and workshop sessions will be scheduled to support the module assessments and assist with identifying solutions to specific problems arising from the coursework activities.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Appreciate the range of issues with which managers of historic assets have to deal;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to critically review information and provide recommendations for improvement to existing management plans;
  3. Work effectively in groups to develop a management plan for a specified local asset;
  4. Reflect on, and defend orally, a final agreed management plan.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework An individual critique of an existing asset management plan 40%
Coursework A group management plan and individual contributions to the ‘public enquiry’ 60%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:

  • Darvill, T. (1987) Ancient monuments in the countryside – an archaeological management review. English Heritage, London
  • English Heritage (2007) Heritage counts: The state of England's historic environment. English Heritage
  • Grant, J. Gorin, S., and Fleming, N. (2008) The archaeology course book, an introduction to themes, sites, methods and skills. 3rd ed. Routledge, Oxfordshire

Supporting texts

  • Aston, M. (1985). Interpreting the landscape.  Landscape archaeology in local studies. Batsford MS(Ref)-MU3[Ast] RGS-DD/140, London
  • Cullingworth, J. B. and Nadin, V. (2006) Town and country planning in the UK. 14th ed. Routledge
  • English Heritage (Undated) Scheduled monuments: An English Heritage guide for owners and occupiers. English Heritage
  • Morgan-Evans, D., Salway, P. and Thackray, D. (Eds) (1996) The remains of distant times – Archaeology and the National Trust. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge.
  • Morgan-Evans, D. (1992) Farming, historic landscapes and people.  Ministry of Agriculture and English Heritage HMSO, London
  • National Audit Office (1992) Protecting and managing England's heritage property. HMSO
  • Rackham, O. (2003) An illustrated history of the countryside. 2nd ed. Orion Publishing
  • Wilson, C. (Ed.) (1994) Earth heritage conservation London and Bath: The Open University and The Geological Society MS-333.730941Ear