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					Dear Colleague:
Identifying Activity and Skills Needs in Buildings History
English Heritage, supported by Historic Scotland, has commissioned Atkins,
advised by The Conservation Studio, to undertake research on activity relating to
the understanding and recording of historic buildings and areas. Through this we
hope to establish the level of existing activity, the current state of training provision
and the likely market growth resulting from proposed reforms to heritage protection
legislation and the planning system in England and Wales. The survey covers
disciplines presently referred to variously as architectural history, buildings history
and buildings archaeology. Through this work we hope to establish a robust base
for strategic planning to meet training needs and plan development initiatives to
build capacity.
The aim of the project is:
   to obtain baseline information on the practitioners engaged in analysing and
    recording historic buildings and areas in the United Kingdom today, allowing for
    a skills audit of this sector and identifying recognised training needs, in order to
    inform English Heritage’s development of a training strategy for the sector.
   to establish the present value of activity in this sector and extrapolate this to
    provide an estimate of likely market size and capacity needs after the legislative
   to review existing training provision and develop new training routes to meet
    present and predicted need.
The survey aims to chart the health of the discipline and the extent to which it is
taught together with the extent to which the needs of those engaged in its practical
form - applied architectural history - are met.
The survey will be conducted by questionnaire and structured telephone interview
and we strongly urge you to take part. The results of the survey will be published in
There are 3 questionnaires accompanying this letter (see the attached
information and guidance). Please complete and return the relevant
questionnaire(s) to Atkins (address given at the end) by 9 November 2007.
If you have any questions regarding the survey or for more information, please
contact us direct. We would like to thank you in advance for your help in completing
this important survey which will be of immense value in planning for the future of
the profession

John Cattell                                       Bob Hook
Chief Buildings Historian                          Head of Training and Standards     
 Identifying Activity and Skills Needs in Buildings History

Part 1 Introduction and guidance on completing the questionnaire

   The survey aims to capture and analyse information from three groups, in order to fully
   understand the current and future situation regarding the workforce, the need and demand for
   their skills and their training requirements. The three groups are:

       A. Those who undertake or are engaged in providing services associated with Buildings
          History – the suppliers and practitioners, many of whom employ a number of staff
          engaged in these activities, although some are sole traders or even undertake the
          activities for no fee
       B. Those who commission or are involved in the commissioning, regulating or monitoring
          of buildings history projects and services – regulators, commissioners and clients
       C. Those who currently or plan to provide training in buildings history skills – the training
          providers, such as universities, further education colleges and others

   A separate questionnaire has been designed for each group. As the groups overlap somewhat,
   a few, generally larger, organisations will be asked to complete more than one questionnaire.
   This will be avoided where possible.

   In order to further clarify what is meant by activities and skills in buildings history, for the
   purposes of the survey, they have been defined as 5 professional competencies. They are
   clearly interlinked and often difficult to disentangle, particularly in larger or wider projects.
   However organisations and individuals often undertake or provide services in some but not all
   of them and each competency requires distinct skills and training. It is the detail on the health
   and availability of each of these competencies that the survey is aiming to capture. When
   answering the survey questions, please have these competencies in mind. They are:

           1. The identification, analysis, and interpretation of a wide variety of historic buildings,
           structures, complexes and areas;
           2. The assessment of significance and the placing of buildings, structures and areas
           in their historical and architectural contexts;
           3. The production of metrically accurate measured drawings using a variety of survey
           methods including CAD software;
           4. The production of analytical, contextual reports combining field evidence with
           information obtained from a range of documentary and cartographical sources;
           5. The investigation and evaluation of the cultural significance of historic buildings,
           structures, complexes and areas, by assessing fabric evidence, stylistic evidence and
           other diagnostic features as a means of understanding their likely original form, function
           and phasing.

   The data provided by respondents will be kept strictly confidential and will be used only for this
   project and no other purposes. A database will be used to analyse the information but this will
   not form part of the final report and will not be published nor distributed to any other
   organisation or individual. Information which can be related to specific individuals or
   organisations will not be divulged nor form part of the final report. It is for reasons of commercial
   confidentiality that most questions relating to financial values require answers according to
   bands rather than absolute values.

   The questionnaire is designed to capture both quantitative and qualitative information and so
   provides tick lists for some questions and space for free text for others. It is an MS Word
   document. Press Return in order to add extra space within the boxes if needed. Use copy and
   paste on the Tick symbol provided.

                                 Questionnaire C
                                Training Providers

Nb it is advisable to print the questionnaire in A3 format in view of the large
size of the table in Question 1

Part 2 About you

Name and address of organisation

Type of organisation
 Further Education College
 Government Agency
 Professional institute or organisation
 Trust, learned society or amenity
 Other (please state)

Are you a registered charity?

Name and contact details of person completing the questionnaire
 Name                                               Tel


         Part 3 The Questionnaire

                  Predicting and providing training

                1. Please provide the following information on the training or education that you offer which includes some or all of the Buildings History competencies.

Course or training title                              Number   Fee per   % of course    Qualification   Accreditation   Full or   Taught or   Duration   Chronological   Includes       Includes    Is course      Age profile of attendees,
                                                      of       place     spent on                       or formal       part-     research               or modular      dissertation   practical   provided in    by % of
                                                      places             which                          recognition     time                                             y/n            placement   partnership    a) undergraduate
                                                                         competencies                                                                                                   y/n         with others?   b) recent graduate
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Give details   c) mid career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   d) late entrant/career change

2. What percentage of the course(s) covers practical training in the following skills?
   Skill                                  % time
   Building materials
   Construction methods
   Fabric analysis
   Measured survey
   Documentary research techniques
   On-site data capture
   Report writing

3. Which kinds of organisations purchase the training or education provision? – if possible
    provide the total figure.
   Purchaser                                                   %              Total figure
   Sole traders/individuals
   Trusts & charities (not providing commercial services)
   Local Authorities
   Government Departments
   Commercial organisations or practices
   Other (please explain)

4. Are the places offered over or undersubscribed? (breakdown into competencies)
   Competency                                                Over %        Under %

5. What are the likely trends in the demand for training over the next 5 and 10 years and
    what are the drivers of these trends? E.g. policy or funding changes, development
    pressure, demographics etc.
                Details (e.g. increase or decrease, Drivers
                new types of competencies or
                learning/training delivery)
   5 Years

   10 Years

6. How do you predict the demand for training places? (number and type)

7. What other options or methods of delivery of training provision would you or have you
   considered offering? E.g. elearning, distance learning

8. What time-frame is required to develop new training provision? Please explain in brief
   the steps needed.

9. Do you have the staff and skills to develop new training provision in accordance with
   your prediction of demand? Please describe any particular difficulties.

10. Please describe any other obstacles or constraints when planning course provision or
    content for Buildings History competencies. E.g. health and safety, the RAE system,
    level of tuition fees, etc.

11. Please use this space to add any further comments about the Buildings History sector
    and the issues that are being addressed by this survey.

Part 4 Address for responses

                            THANK YOU!

Please send your completed questionnaire to

Janet Miller
Atkins Heritage
Woodcote Grove
Ashley Road
KT18 5BW

The deadline for receipt of responses is   9 November 2007