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Heritage Consultant

A heritage consultant is responsible for the conservation and management of heritage sites like historic buildings, landscapes, museums, ancient monuments and other properties. Heritage consultants provide expert guidance and formulate strategies to manage the heritage issues on construction sites.

It is an evolving career with a broad remit of responsibilities, ranging from the preservation of important sites, through to developing plans to maintain a community's culture or a region's industrial legacy.

A  consultant role in the heritage sector is all about balancing the preservation of the site while also ensuring the project is generating income and is sustainable from a business perspective.

A heritage consultant role can encompass a considerable diversity of job titles, with individual post holders coming from a variety of backgrounds from both within and outside the sector.

 

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This career information has been adapted from Prospects and National Careers Service.

What The Job Involves

What are the key responsibilities for this position?

Working to conserve heritage buildings, they carry out research into the history of a property to ensure any planned work is compatible with the heritage characteristics of the building.

In consultation with building owners, architects and other professionals as part of a team, heritage consultants are advocates for the buildings they work on.

With a focus on construction, materials and any significant features of the building, they recommend ways of preserving and incorporating those heritage features into the planned reuse, renovation or restoration of the building.

Key Responsibilities

Researching the history of heritage buildings
Considering modern building regulations and requirements when planning new work
Sourcing rare, traditional building materials and fixtures
Researching original paint colours and finishes
Recruiting and supervising specialist tradespeople to undertake restoration and renovation work

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Entry Requirements

Some employers may raquire a relevant first degree or post-graduate qualification in a relevant subject such as archaeology or buildings conservation

What key skills and personal attributes help with this role?

Skills & Attributes

An understanding of UK heritage legislation and policy
Knowledge of UK architectural history across a range of building types
Good research skills
Organised and thorough approach to work
Ability to manage own time and comfortable working both within a team or alone to tight deadlines
Experience of undertaking historic buildings assessment work
Good communication skills
Flexible approach to working hours to meet the demands of the role, including occasional working away from home
A driving license is often preferable

How much can you expect to earn and what are the career progression options?

The following figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary & Progression

Newly qualified heritage consultants: £16,000 - £24,000
Experienced heritage consultants : £25,000 - £37,000
Senior heritage consultants: £38,000 - £70,000
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