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Historic Environment Placements (HEP)

English Heritage logo Historic Environment Placements (HEP) are an English Heritage and IfA initiative for historic environment practictioners. They are designed to provide work-based learning opportunities in specialisms related to the historic environment. Placements are provided and supervised by English Heritage and administered by the IfA. The placements are designed for those with some experience of historic environment practice, but who have not yet had the opportunity to develop more specialist skills and competencies, and may contribute towards an appropriate vocational qualification.

How can I find out more information?

All the above were advertised on the IfA website, in the Jobs Information Service (JIS), on BAJR, on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website, on the Vernacular Architecture Group’s website, in Britarch, and on the Guardian and Building Design websites.

Can I apply?

  • Ideally you should have a relevant degree (or equivalent experience) with 6-18 months post-graduate work experience in UK historic environment practice.
  • You may have a post-graduate qualification or comparable practical experience in a heritage discipline.
  • You may be looking for an opportunity to diversify into a new branch of the subject or to enhance skills you have already gained.
  • Applications will be welcomed from all social groups, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability status, sexuality or religious belief.

How can I improve my chances of being considered for a placement?

HEP placements are extremely popular. Applicants should read the person specification carefully and try to address each point giving examples wherever possible. Enthusiasm is very important - don’t forget to tell us why you want to do a HEP placement!

Who can I contact for more information?

For further information please contact

Hosting a HEP placement

If you are interested in hosting a placement, please contact Placement hosts are selected by English Heritage.

Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Reading RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446