Henry Russell


Henry Russell

Henry Russell

Director: MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment programme
Real Estate & Planning
EM 165, Whiteknights Campus
0118 378 4257
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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 chairs the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches and is a member of the Church Buildings Council. He is a member executive committee of ICOMOS-UK (the UK national committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites) and deputy chair of COTAC, the Council on Training in Architectural Conservation.

Henry 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, implementing the UK government's Green Deal, and the impact on heritage of HS2, the UK's new high-speed rail network. 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 a south-east panel member for the RICS 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


Historic environment; places of worship; public policy and legislation

Key Publications

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