Conservation, Heritage and Planning

Module code: HS7081 

Module co-ordinator: TBD

Module Outline

This module is convened with input from urban conservation practitioners and examines the environment of present-day towns and cities and how it is (or is not) conserved. We will examine the emergence of movements for conservation and heritage in the 1960s and how they came to shape urban policy, including their influence on economic regeneration. We will analyse the principles of conservation in Britain and beyond, and talk with professionals about how those principles are applied in practice. Students will have opportunities for fieldwork, looking at examples of conservation and urban regeneration in places like Leicester’s cultural quarter and Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Throughout, students will be encouraged to think critically about the politics of conservation and heritage and engage with the debates that surround heritage specialists and urban designers.


The module will be taught by tutor-led seminar discussion, individual presentations and fieldwork involving interaction with professional practitioners in the field of conservation, heritage and planning. Students will be expected to pursue private study to support their participation in seminars and to develop materials for their study.


1) A 15-minute oral presentation (20%)

2) A Study Project on a specific aspect of conservation, heritage and planning, negotiated with the tutor of maximum 4,000 words (80%)