The courses will be for archaeologists, planners, conservation officers, architects, surveyors, contractors and others working in the historic environment.

With a focus on the practical, technical and specialist skills of the workforce, the programme will be delivered by staff from English Heritage, the University of Leicester and craftspeople and staff from the Heritage Skills Centre based at Lincoln Castle.

The three-year programme will be wide-ranging and cover topics such as how to re-use rural buildings; how to preserve burial sites and how to commission and specify work on historic buildings.

Professor Simon Gunn from the university’s Centre for Urban History said: “We are very excited to be working with English Heritage on this new programme and to welcome those working in the sector to Leicester. It’s the wide range of expertise here which led to the partnership with English Heritage and means that our teaching and research can continue to inform and be informed by current heritage practice.”

Kathryn Banfield from the Heritage Skills Centre in Lincoln Castle said: “This partnership is a great opportunity to bring heritage professionals from around the country to see the fantastic built heritage of Lincoln and the wider county. We’re looking forward to sharing the expertise of craftspeople and building conservation professionals with the wider heritage sector.”

The full first year course programme will be released in October.

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