Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Historic Environment Local Management by English Heritage

Information and training to help those who make decisions about the historic environment.

Established in 2004, Historic Environment Local Management is a partnership project led by English Heritage and supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs.
The aim of the project is to share best practice and build capacity and confidence in those dealing with the historic environment. HELM provides and funds written information and training in a number of ways.
The HELM website features case studies and policy statements produced by English Heritage, as well as guidance produced by English Heritage, HELM partners, Local Authorities, regional agencies and other key organisations.

Putting Local Authorities at the HELM

HELM provides accessible information, training and guidance to decision makers in local authorities, regional agencies and national organisations whose actions affect the historic environment. Working with key partners, HELM aims to provide the tools to manage change in the historic environment with increased skill and confidence. English Heritage promotes the need for properly resourced and actively consulted historic environment departments, conservation officers, archaeologists and historic environment records. More than 55% of local authorities have now appointed historic environment champions to provide leadership on heritage issues.

Guidance and information
A range of expert guidance has been produced by English Heritage much of it specially tailored for the HELM initiative. These encompass topics as diverse as regeneration, housing, farming historic landscapes, areas of outstanding natural beauty, the future of historic school buildings, transport and streetscapes. Guidance from key partners and others is also available.

The HELM website is a fully accessible one-stop-shop for historic environment guidance and information. It contains the latest HELM and English Heritage publications, information on training events, useful web links and news. There are searchable databases of good practice case studies and of local authority historic environment publications. These have been collected from across England to encourage the sharing of knowledge, experience and good practice across the sector.

Training is available for elected councillors, historic environment champions and officers in local authorities, regional agencies and government organisations. It is designed particularly for those involved in regeneration, development control, highways, conservation, strategy, estates, housing, leisure and the public realm.

We are expanding our training programme to include bespoke courses for conservation and archaeological professionals. Course details are advertised in the HELM training section as they become available.

What you can do
There are many ways in which you can get involved:
Appreciate that your decisions will impact on the historic environment
Ensure your local authority has a Historic Environment Champion. If not, contact us at for advice on appointing one
Promote projects that deliver social, economic and historic environment benefits in equal measure
Help us to promote and share best practice
Set high standards in heritage asset management. Aim to be a benchmark that others aspire to
Aim to ensure that heritage services in your authority are properly resourced, utilised and consulted
Work with us. Send us case studies showing good practice and guidance which we will put on the HELM website
Send us information on relevant training courses and events that you know about so we can publicise them on our website
Provide feedback and ideas that can help us improve our service to you.
Contact us at
Subscribe to our news updates for the latest information about HELM.

Steering towards the Future
English Heritage is committed to helping local authorities develop the skills, knowledge, advice and capacity to make the most of their historic environment. HELM relates directly to central Government agendas and the project is supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
HELM works closely with key partners including the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, Institute of Historic Building Conservation, Local Government Association, Planning Officers Society and Planning Advisory Service.

Contact Us
Email:HELM Project Manager
HELM Training
HELM Website and Case Studies
Historic Environment Champions
Write to:HELM
English Heritage1 Waterhouse Square,138-142 Holborn,London EC1N 2ST

Check th HELM Leaflet.

Visit the HELM website or email us for further information.

(Corfu's public authorities should initiate a similar project!)

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