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Henry Russell

Lecturer of Historic Environment

Departmental Director of Academic Tutoring
MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment Director

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  • Historic environment, 
  • Places of worship, 
  • Public policy and legislation


EM 165, Whiteknights Campus

Henry Russell is a chartered surveyor specialising in conservation of the historic environment. He edits the Journal of Architectural Conservation, a peer-reviewed academic journal published by Routledge. He is course director for historic environment short courses at Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education.

Henry is a member of the Church Buildings Council, and chairs the Stained Glass committee. He is a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ casework committee.

Henry co-chairs the Heritage Alliance's Spatial Planning Advocacy Group, which regularly liaises with Historic England and government departments over changes to planning and heritage legislation, as well as policy and guidance. He has appeared before Parliamentary committees (including a House of Lords select committee) and drafts responses to government consultations on heritage matters.

He was a member of the drafting panel of BS7913:2013, The Guide to the Principles of the Conservation of Historic Buildings. He is chairs the south-east panel for the RICS Social Impact Awards. He is a board member of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), a membership assessor for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers (CARE).

Henry was awarded an OBE in 2010 for public service.


  • MA History, University of Cambridge
  • RICS Postgraduate Diploma in Building Conservation
  • Fellow of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries
  • Member of Institute of Historic Building Conservation
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Heritage and Development

Historic buildings and sites are a major part of the built environment. Many will be hundreds of years old, but there are also more modern buildings considered as heritage. The...

Module code: REMF59

Historic Built Environment

Summary module description: An introduction to the built heritage of England; to building conservation principles; to legislation, procedures, policy and guidance relating to heritage assets; and to the management of...

Module code: CE3HBE

History of Buildings

Understanding the history of buildings and their construction is necessary before carrying out any work....

Module code: REMH02

Heritage Law and Economics

This module aims to provide an understanding of the legislative issues affecting building conservation, including Building Regulations, the law of listed buildings, scheduled monuments and conservation areas, and the law...

Module code: REMH03

Dissertation - Conservation of the Historic Environment

The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to follow an interest in heritage and conservation, and to investigate it in some depth....

Module code: REMH09

Survey and Assessment of Heritage Assets

This module gives students the additional skills needed to assess the condition and performance of historic buildings of different ages and types of construction....

Module code: REMH04

Management of Heritage Assets

This module is about understanding the cultural, architectural and historic importance of a site and its management in terms of protection, conservation, presentation, education and commercialisation. It is about understanding...

Module code: REMH06

Design in Historic Contexts

This module looks at design from the small scale of change in a single building to the urban scale. Students will learn to assess and evaluate new work which affects...

Module code: REMH07

Understanding the Historic Environment

This module introduces students to the basic concepts of conservation philosophy, approaches and practice....

Module code: REMH01

Practical Building Conservation & Repair

Materials used in historic buildings generally perform differently from those in modern construction and students will gain an understanding of historic masonry and brickwork, traditional mortars and renders, ironwork, timber...

Module code: REMH05

Russell, H and Leverton P (2014) ‘Delivering a changing conservation curriculum by distance learning in the 21st Century’ in Stiefel B and Wells J (eds) Preservation Education: Sharing Best Practices and Common Ground J New England University Press, Hanover, 145-56

Russell H and Leverton P (2013) ‘Designing and delivering courses by distance learning – responding to the changing landscape for conservation education’, in Piplani, N (ed) Imagining Conservation; the Next 20 Years, Centre for Conservation Studies, York University

Russell H, Leverton P & Smith A (2010) Sustaining Cultural Identity and a Sense of Place: new wine in old bottles or old wine in new bottles, in Heritage 2010: Heritage and Sustainable Development Vol 2 R. Amoêda, S. Lira & C. Pinheiro (eds) Green Lines Institute, Barcelos Portugal, 1159-67

Russell H (2010) ‘Conservation and Care’ in Dyas D (ed) The English Parish Church through the Centuries: daily life & spirituality, art & architecture, literature & music DVD University of York/English Heritage ISBN 978 0 9550673 2 7

Plimmer F et al (2008) Knock It Down or Do It Up? Sustainable house building: New build and refurbishment in the Sustainable Communities Plan College of Estate Management and and BRE Trust

Goodall B, Pottinger G, Dixon T J, Russell H J G (2004) ‘Heritage property, tourism and the UK Disability Discrimination Act’ Property Management, Vol 22 No 5, 345-357