Module: Heritage Property

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Andrew Davis
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    50 hours

Module content

This module looks at the whole range of historically and culturally important landscapes and property, their significance, and why they are preserved, conserved and/or restored. The policy and regulations associated with heritage property will be examined together with the role of the major stakeholders. Issues such as VAT and public access will be explored. Heritage properties are increasingly under pressure to secure their long-term survival, and income generation through tourism and other commercial opportunities is one possible outcome, and this commercial reality of owning and managing heritage property will be keenly debated. The module will be illustrated by visits to heritage property and lectures by visiting speakers.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Recognise the importance of identifying the significance of heritage landscapes and properties.
  2. Evaluate appropriate guidance based on policy and regulation, expert analysis, tax implications and economic aspects.
  3. Devise and sustain arguments in relation to the issues associated with heritage landscapes and property based upon the requisite knowledge and understanding.
  4. Comment critically upon aspects of current and proposed policy in relation to heritage property, ensuring its long-term management for the benefit of the nation.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Portfolio (3000 words) 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

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

  • Hoskins W.G. (1955)  The Making of the English Landscape.  Penguin Books
  • Lowenthal D & Binney M (1981) Our Past Before Us – Why do we save it? 
  • Maurice Temple Smith Ltd
  • Burke, G (1976)  Townscapes. Pelican
  • Girouard M.  (1979)  Life in the English Country House.  Book Club Associates, London
  • Rackham Dr Oliver (1986)  The History of the Countryside.  Phoenix Press
  • Dimbleby David (2007) How We Built Britain  Bloomsbury/BBC
  • Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England

Supporting texts