Harriet Devlin MA(Cantab), AMA, PCGE, IHBC, Dip Cons(RSUA)


Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Photograph of Harriet Devlin

Contact details

The Ironbridge Institute
Ironbridge Gorge Museum


I currently run the Historic Environment Conservation postgraduate course.


I studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic as well as Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. I achieved my AMA whilst working at the Museum of London, and became a qualified teacher in 1996. I am a professional member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.


After becoming an Associate of the Museums Association and a museum consultant in the 1970’s, I created a number of rural museums for, amongst others, the National Trust.  Whilst working in Northern Ireland for 13 years, I compiled Buildings at Risk volumes for the Province, ran a Townscape Heritage Initiative project and was a member of the Historic Buildings Council. 

I created the Mourne Homesteads project obtaining diverse funding to conserve and reuse vernacular buildings linked to heritage construction skills training. This project received an award from Europa Nostra and in 2008 achieved the international accolade of Best In Heritage. 

On returning to England, I established a Building Preservation Trust, which completed the conservation of a Welsh non-conformist chapel. In 2005 I received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study the maintenance of historic buildings in western & eastern Europe.


I manage the Ironbridge Institute’s postgraduate Historic Environment Conservation  programme – acting both as lecturer and tutor.


I am researching elements of the industrial archaeology of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site.

Other activities

I am currently a member of the West Midlands Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the English Heritage Historic Environment Forum and am Co-Editor of The Historic Environment : Policy and Practice.


2010,2011,2012 Reviews section in The Historic Environment : Policy and Practice

2004 The fate of Northern Ireland’s traditional buildings Historic Building Council 15

2004 The management of Northern Ireland’s Conservation Areas Historic Building Council 15

2003 Saving Northern Ireland’s vernacular houses  Context no.78

2001 Jewels in the Crown or Albatrosses – Proceedings of a conference on Northern Irelands Conservation Areas. Mourne Heritage Trust.

2000 Buildings at Risk – Some options and solutions.

1999 Buildings at Risk vol 6.

1999 Directory of Funds for Historic Buildings – Northern Ireland.  Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

1998 Directory of Traditional Building Skills 3rd edition. Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

1998 Buildings at Risk vol 5

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