Assistant Heritage Consultant


Purcell is seeking an enthusiastic and diligent Assistant Heritage Consultant to join our team in Oxford.

About Purcell

Purcell is a World Architecture Top 100 practice renowned for our excellence in architecture and heritage consultancy.

We are a progressive, employee-owned practice. Being employee-owned means that through our employee forum, our employees have a say about how the business is run. It creates increased transparency, strengthened performance and allows everyone to share in the reward.

Our Oxford studio is made up of a close knit, passionate and creative team, who work regionally and practice wide, celebrating their success with social events in the studio and practice.

Our benefits include agile working (at least 3 days in office and a maximum of 2 days working from home), flexible working with core hours of 10am-4pm, a bonus scheme, a bike2work scheme and more. We provide a strong culture of growth with many opportunities for training and development.

About the Role

We are looking for a dedicated Assistant Heritage Consultant to join our west region team, to be based in Oxford. This is an exciting opportunity to help manage change to significant places and to contribute to the conservation and enhancement of historic sites. We are looking for individuals who can work as part of the regional team and can support project work by carrying out research, site visits and report writing.

You will work under the supervision of a designated line manager within the heritage consultancy team, supporting all members of your regional team. You will undertake research and assessment of buildings and sites within the historic environment, contribute to and compose various reports such as conservation management plans, conservation area appraisals and management plans, heritage statements and heritage impact assessments. You will help prepare public engagement events and contribute to fee proposals and bids.

Excellent written and oral communication skills are vital, as is flexibility and the ability to adapt to a variety of circumstances. A can-do attitude and an ability to engage creatively and originally in all aspects of the job are essential. Work will be mostly within the region although some longer distance travel and overnight stays may be occasionally necessary.


  • Undertake desk-based research and actively identify relevant archives (national, regional and local archives) for specific projects in order to carry out thorough archival research
  • Carry out on-site, non-intrusive investigations of sites, including building recording and photographic survey of buildings and conservation areas
  • Prepare histories of buildings and assessments of significance to inform advice relating to heritage assets to our internal architects and to external clients and stakeholders
  • Obtaining permissions to use historic images
  • Have an understanding of current legislation including the National Planning Policy Framework and current guidance from Historic England
  • Help prepare competent, clear and well-written documents, or sections of documents, such as:

A keen interest in the historic environment, a willingness to learn, and a degree in a heritage, history, archaeology or a buildings-related subject are essential. Good organisation and time management are vital in this role. The ability to prepare concise, well-written documents and a good knowledge of architectural vocabulary is essential. The successful candidate will be based in our Oxford studio but will regularly support on projects across the west region, as well as the wider heritage consultancy team as required.

Experience in carrying out archival and desk-based research is important and previous experience of working as an Assistant Heritage Consultant along with a Masters degree would be beneficial but not essential. Working knowledge of GIS would be advantageous. A UK driving licence (for travel to remote sites) would be beneficial.

This job description is a guide to the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive and will be subject to change as working requirements dictate and to meet the organisational requirements of Purcell.

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