Module: Heritage, Regeneration & Place Shaping

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Geraint Coles
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    30 hours

Module content

This module explores how the archaeology, history and heritage of a locality can be understood and harnessed to drive social, environmental and economic regeneration and sustainable development. It explores key enablers, drivers and factors by examining both successful and struggling “heritage-led regeneration” in urban, suburban and rural settings in the UK, Europe and North America. 

The goal is to develop an appreciation of how regeneration can work with both the environmental and social grain of a locality to create economically dynamic and sustainable regeneration.

In so doing the module challenges established notions what heritage contributes to regeneration and the ways in which the past can be used to shape the future of our communities. To that end the module aims to develop participant’s knowledge and critical understanding of:

  • The nature of heritage, how it shapes places and how it intersects with social, environmental and economic regeneration.
  • The governance, finance and economics of regeneration and heritage-led regeneration programmes including a broad understanding of funding mechanisms
  • The importance of design in protecting and shaping heritage buildings, historic environments and the “sense of place”.  Notably the need to integrate heritage management with planning, landscape architecture and architecture
  • The approaches used to assess regeneration proposals. In particular how to use research to make reasoned interventions in debates about the repurposing and reuse of heritage assets based on an understanding of heritage significance, exemplars of sustainable re-use and an appreciation of the needs of communities

The overall aim is that participants will be able to develop and communicate a coherent, sustainable, vision for the future of historic buildings, structures and environments.

Module outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and practice of social, economic and environmental regeneration
  2. Explore, research, understand, and critically assess heritage resources in a regeneration context.
  3. Express a coherent vision for the future of historic buildings, structures, environments and landscapes
  4. Make reasoned interventions in debates about the sustainable repurposing and reuse of heritage assets based on an understanding of the “sense of place”, historical significance and community needs


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework 1 A heritage-led development pitch setting out a proposal for the regeneration of a given locality or building. 2000 words 50%
Coursework 2 A report expanding on the initial pitch and setting out a coherent plan for the regeneration of the given locality or building. (2000 words, excluding figures, tables and appendices). 50%

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

Key texts

Essential resources:

  • Adams, D. & Tiesdell, S.  (2012)  Shaping Places: Urban Planning, Design and Development. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Jones, P. and Evans, J.  (2013)  Urban Regeneration in the UK (2nd edition).  Sage, London.
  • Kalman, H. (2014) Heritage Planning – Principles and Process.  Routledge, London.
  • Roberts, P. & Sykes, H.  (editors) (2008) Urban Regeneration: A Handbook.  London: Sage.
  • Taggart, F. (Editor) (2006) The Regeneration Through Heritage Handbook:  How to Use a Redundant Historic Building as a Catalyst for Change in Your Community.  Chichester: Phillimore for The Princes Regeneration Trust.

Additional resources:

  • Cadw  (2011)  Conservation Principles for the Sustainable management of the historic environment in  Wales.  CADW, Cardiff.    (see )
  • Carpenter, J. (2013). Sustainable Urban Regeneration within the European Union: a case of 'Europeanization'?. The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration, 138-147.
  • Gunn, R. & Durkin, C.  (2010)  Social Entrepreneurship: A skills approach.  Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Hampton, M. P. (2005). Heritage, local communities and economic development. Annals of Tourism Research, 32(3), 735-759.
  • Jimura, T. (2011). The impact of world heritage site designation on local communities–A case study of Ogimachi, Shirakawa-mura, Japan. Tourism Management, 32(2), 288-296.
  • Kopec, M. (2013). The role of the public sector in the regeneration of deprived urban areas: Case studies from Krakow in Poland and Kirklees in the UK. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 7(1), 79-94.
  • Landoff, C.  (2009)  A Framework for Sustainable Heritage Management: A Study of UK Industrial Heritage Sites.  International Journal of Heritage Studies 15 (6), 494-510.
  • Lees, L., & Melhuish, C. (2013). Arts-led regeneration in the UK: The rhetoric and the evidence on urban social inclusion. European Urban and Regional Studies, 0969776412467474.
  • Little, B.J. & Shackel, P.A. (2014) Archaeology, Heritage, and Civic Engagement:  Working toward the Public Good.  Walnut Grove: Left Coast Press.  172 pp.
  • Mace, A. (2013). Housing-led urban regeneration: place, planning and politics. Routledge.
  • Montgomery, J. (2004). Cultural quarters as mechanisms for urban regeneration. Part 2: A review of four cultural quarters in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Planning, Practice & Research, 19(1), 3-31.
  • Rizzo, I. & Mignosa, A.  (eds.)(2015). Handbook on the Economics of Cultural Heritage.  Elgar Original Reference.  Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.  ISBN-10: 1782547487
  • Rodwell, D. (2006). Managing Historic Cities: the Management Plans for the Bath and Edinburgh World Heritage Sites. Journal of Architectural Conservation, 12(2), 41-61.
  • Towse, R.  (2010). A Textbook of Cultural Economics.  Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.  ISBN-10: 0521717027