Florence Spaven

Committee member for Yorkshire and the Humber

Florence graduated in 2014 with a First Class degree from the University of Oxford. As part of this degree she undertook theses on the conservation of stigmatised heritage, investigating the redevelopment of the former High Royds Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Menston, for residential use. She also developed a keen interest in underwater heritage, and undertook research on the conservation of shipwrecks. She also took an interest in the conservation of intangible heritage, such as oral histories and traditions.

Florence went on to study for an MSc in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath. Her postgraduate thesis considered the increasingly important role of community groups in the conservation of heritage assets, using the Tynemouth Outdoor Pool as a case study. 

She now works as a heritage consultant, based in County Durham. Her role is incredibly varied and her responsibilities include researching the development of historic sites, preparing heritage statements and conservation management plans, and leading community conservation projects. She also carries out archaeological building and landscape surveys, and advises on planning and legislation issues.

Outside of work, Florence takes an interest in the more practical side of heritage conservation and has been involved with a number of renovation projects, including the conversion of a church in Northumberland and a historic farmhouse in Italy.

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