Webinar Programmes

Spring-Summer 2021 Webinar programme

We are looking forward to launching our Spring-Summer programme of webinars and workshops soon - watch this space!

We are indebted to the many speakers who contributed to the eleven webinars that we have run since October 2020. The webinars included:


The Future for Historic Towns and Villages in the Planning White Paper? Webinar - October 2020
  • Chair: Timothy Crawshaw, HTVF Chair and International Planning and Development Consultant
  • Penelope Tollitt, Director of Making Places Together, formerly Head of Planning and Sustainability, Wycombe District Council
  • Dave Chetwyn, Managing Director of Urban Vision Community Enterprise CIC and advisor to Locality on neighbourhood planning
  • Ian Green, Chair of Oxford Civic Society
  • Tim Spencer, Associate Director, Nexus Planning
  • Timur Tatlioglu, Partner - Heritage & Townscape, Montagu Evans.



Whose Heritage is it anyway? Managing changing historic interpretations Webinars - November 2020


  • Chairs: Helen Ensor, Donald Insall Associates and Dr Steven Parissien
  • Emily Gee, Regional Director for London and South East, Historic England
  • Professor Tim Cole, Director of the Brigstow Institute, University of Bristol, and Chair of the Bristol History Commission
  • Jamie O'Dell, Amplify Stroud
  • Howard Williams, Professor of Archaeology, University of Chester
  • Professor Catherine Hall, Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-Ownership, UCL
  • Cllr Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Council
  • Jasper Chalcraft, Jean Monnet Fellow, The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute
  • Dr Charlotte Lydia Riley, Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History, University of Southampton.




Supporting Historic High Streets: Heritage and the Town Centre Experience Webinars - November 2020


  • Chair: Dr Steven Parissien
  • Owain Lloyd James, National Head of Places Strategy, Historic England
  • Pippa Coutts, Policy and Development Manager, Carnegie UK Trust
  • Mandar Puranik, Programme Manager - Area Renewal and Regeneration, London Borough of Sutton
  • Alice Ullathorne, Heritage Strategy Officer, Nottingham City Council
  • Emily Berwyn, Director, Meanwhile Space
  • Peter Seccombe, Red Kite Environment
  • Chris O'Shaughnessy, Penge Heritage Trail
  • Will Holborow, Associate & Heritage Team Leader, Purcell.

Kindly sponsored by Purcell UK




Capturing a Place's Character Webinar-Workshops - December 2020 and January 2021


  • Louise Thomas, HTVF Director and TDRC Ltd
  • Louise Dandy, Historic Environment and Urban Design Team Leader, Winchester City Council


With thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Milton Keynes Council






Climate Change and Historic Places Webinars - January 2021


  • Chairs: Helen Ensor, Donald Insall Associates and Steven Bee
  • David Garrard, co-founder of Heritage Declares and Senior Lecturer in Historic Conservation, Oxford Brookes University
  • Mark Hines, Director, Mark Hines architects
  • Nigel Griffiths, Director, Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance
  • Julie Godefroy, Director, Julie Godefroy Sustainability
  • Dave Chetwyn, Managing Director, Urban Vision Enterprise CIC
  • Jane Manning, Partner, Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners
  • Edward Barsley, Founder, The Environmental Design Studio (TEDS)
  • Simon Tilley, Sustainable Hockerton.

Kindly sponsored by Donald Insall Associates





Heritage Interpretation for Places and Spaces Webinar-Workshops - March 2021


  • Chair: Louise Thomas, HTVF Director
  • Sarah Oswald, The Authentic Spark








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HTVF recognised by IHBC for Continuing Professional Development provision

We are delighted to announce that The Institute for Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) has recognised the educational value of our popular programme of events, and has designated the HTVF as a Recognised CPD Provider. We look forward to seeing you at some of our online events soon.


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HTVF Directors' Talks coming soon...

To launch our increased and interactive online Forum, we are delighted to announce our forthcoming series of talks by the Historic Towns and Villages Forum's Board of Directors.

These talks will be available to watch at any time, with the opportunity to join a live Q&A session (online) with each speaker on specified dates in the coming weeks. We'll publish the list of topics, speakers and Q&A dates here so that you can plan when to watch them, and book your seat in our virtual forum via Eventbrite.

Please let us know if you would like help in advance of the forum to get things correctly plugged in and turned up!

These events are free and we look forward to seeing you then...


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Temporary Pedestrian Spaces for Social Distancing in Historic Town Centres
Webinar now available to watch again...

High streets lie at the heart of our towns and cities, and are usually a cluster of heritage assets. On 11 June 2020 Historic England hosted an excellent webinar on how to go about making changes to public spaces for shoppers, workers and visitors, which will be needed to safely reopen places. There was great advice on how tackle adapting them to the current 2m social distancing restrictions for movement, waiting and pausing to talk, to encourage their use once again, whilst avoiding accidental loss or damage to our heritage.


This webinar, with Owain Lloyd James, Rob Lloyd Sweet and Craig Broadwidth, looked at the guidance and funding available for the temporary expansion of pedestrian and cyclist space in historic places, alongside blue badge parking and servicing needs, and over timescales from permanent changes, to experimental or temporary works, including play streets and tourism management measures. This event recording is now available here.


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20 Years of Saving Heritage at Risk by Historic England


20 Years of Saving Heritage at Risk by Historic England

In the meantime, watch this short film for a great reminder of what has been achieved so far, from Historic England.