Historic England

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops.

We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.

We aspire to be a world leader in the study of the historic environment and its sustainable management. We want to encourage and undertake research of the highest calibre, to provide an evidence-base for government policies, practical guidance for owners and managers, and inspiration for society as a whole. We are an Independent Research Organisation recognised by the UK Research Councils and a government-recognised Public Sector Research Establishment.

Our Research Strategy (2016) defines nine broad themes that describe our research interests:

#value – Understanding the value of heritage to society
#understand – Discovering and understanding our heritage and assessing its significance
#diversify – Celebrating the cultural diversity of England
#adapt – Understanding risks, change and opportunities
#conserve – Caring for England’s most important heritage
#inform – Improving and developing heritage information management
#skill – Supporting and improving the heritage sector
#inspire – Inspiring others with our research
#innovate – Developing technology and tools

Research Areas / Subjects of Interest:

Urban and public realm
Rural landscape
Marine and maritime
Water, wetlands and waterlogged
Archaeology of the deeper past
Land management
Climate change
Preserving archaeological remains
Human environment


Please contact Phil Pollard for more information.

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University College London is the administrative lead.

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