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Henry Russell


Director: MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment programme

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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

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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