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Latest Advice and Guidance

This page highlights our most recent advice and guidance on a wide range of heritage-related topics. All of our advice is free to download from relevant sections of the website and the Publications pages.

This page includes the following lists:

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New advice and guidance

List of our new advice and guidance documents published in the last six months.

Wall Paintings

Wall Paintings

Published 20 March 2018

This guidance describes the types of wall paintings commonly found in historic buildings, how to assess the potential survival of historic painted decoration in your home or building, and what to do if you discover wall paintings.

Listed Buildings and Curtilage

Listed Buildings and Curtilage

Published 21 February 2018

This advice note gives hypothetical examples to assist in deciding whether a building has a curtilage.

Post-Modern Architecture

Post-Modern Architecture

Published 15 December 2017

This document sets out the history and characteristics of post-modern architecture, showing how it was applied to different sectors and building types.

Mechanics' Institutes

Mechanics' Institutes

Published 15 December 2017

This document sets out the origins and evolution of the mechanics institute, a 19th century phenomenon, emerging from the 1820s and continuing into the years preceding the First World War.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Differential Movement of Foundations

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Differential Movement of Foundations

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the options and chosen solution for the stabilisation of the Civilian War Memorial within Abney Park Cemetery, London.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Deterioration of Metal Fixings

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Deterioration of Metal Fixings

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes a conservation project to the Grade-II listed Waterloo Memorial at Bispham Hall. The memorial was in poor condition with deformation caused by ferrous cramps.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Conservation of Mortar-Filled Inscriptions

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Conservation of Mortar-Filled Inscriptions

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the challenges faced when restoring mortar-filled inscriptions on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Replacement of Missing Bronze Elements

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Replacement of Missing Bronze Elements

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the treatment undertaken to address missing bronze elements on the Grade-II listed Bootle War Memorial.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Published 24 November 2017

This document describes the treatment undertaken to the surfaces of the bronze statues and plaques on the Grade-II listed Bootle War Memorial.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the conservation work carried out to the bronze elements of the First and Second World Wars Memorial in Tottenham which had previously been treated and painted.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Cleaning

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Cleaning

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the methods used to clean the Cheltenham War Memorial, which included hand and steam cleaning.

Photogrammetric Applications for Cultural Heritage

Photogrammetric Applications for Cultural Heritage

Published 31 October 2017

This guidance covers the practical application of photogrammetry in recording cultural heritage, with particular reference to structure from motion (SfM) techniques.

The Adaptive Reuse of Traditional Farm Buildings

The Adaptive Reuse of Traditional Farm Buildings

Published 20 October 2017

This advice note explains how significance can be retained and enhanced through well-informed maintenance and sympathetic development, provided that repairs, design and implementation are carried out to a high standard.

Updated selection guides

In December 2017 we published updated versions of our 20 thematically-arranged listing selection guides. The guides give detailed guidance on what may be eligible for listing and are available to download from our Listing Selection Guides webpage.

We have also published updated Ships and Boats, Battlefields and four Park and Garden selection guides.

Sports and Recreation Buildings

Sports and Recreation Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing sports and recreation buildings.

Ships and Boats: Prehistory to Present

Ships and Boats: Prehistory to Present

Published 18 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating ships and boats in the archaeological environment.

Battlefields

Battlefields

Published 18 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when registering battlefields.

Landscapes of Remembrance

Landscapes of Remembrance

Published 15 January 2018

This guide sets out the selection criteria for the inclusion of landscapes of remembrance to the Register of Parks and Gardens.

Revised and updated advice and guidance

List of other advice and guidance documents we've revised and updated in the last six months.

Vacant Historic Buildings

Vacant Historic Buildings

Published 15 March 2018

Guidance to help owners and purchasers of vacant buildings to reduce risks by undertaking an ‘active management approach’ that can prevent unnecessary damage, dereliction and loss of historic fabric.

Heritage Crime Prevention Measures

Heritage Crime Prevention Measures

Published 22 February 2018

Set out in this document are twenty five techniques of crime prevention with guidance on the ways in which they might be used to prevent or deter heritage crime in particular.

Heritage Crime Impact Statements

Heritage Crime Impact Statements

Published 22 February 2018

This is a general guide on the use of heritage crime impact statements to assist agencies responsible for the prevention and enforcement of heritage crime.

Interventions

Interventions

Published 22 February 2018

Prosecutions and alternative disposals: a general guide to the range of interventions available to those agencies responsible for the enforcement of heritage crime.

Heritage Crime Risk

Heritage Crime Risk

Published 22 February 2018

This guide is part of the following suite of guides to help people reduce the threat of crime to England’s historic buildings and sites.

Our Portable Past

Our Portable Past

Published 20 February 2018

3rd edition of a statement of good practice for portable antiquities / surface-collected material in the context of field archaeology and survey programmes (including the use of metal detectors).

3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

Published 8 February 2018

3rd Edition. Advice and guidance on the use of laser scanning in archaeology and architecture

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 3

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 3

Published 22 December 2017

The Setting of Heritage Assets - this document sets out guidance on managing change within the settings of heritage assets, including archaeological remains and historic buildings, sites, areas, and landscapes.

Historic Wreck Sites At Risk: A Risk Management Toolkit

Historic Wreck Sites At Risk: A Risk Management Toolkit

Published 14 December 2017

This document, comprising an update to a Risk Management Handbook, describes a methodology to be adopted by Historic England, contract archaeologists, licensees and others engaged in the risk assessment and risk management of England’s Historic Wreck Sites.

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings - Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic and traditionally constructed buildings

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings - Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic and traditionally constructed buildings

Published 8 December 2017

This guidance provides technical advice to help prevent conflicts between energy efficiency requirements in Part L of the Building Regulations and the conservation of historic and traditionally constructed buildings.

Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

Published 4 December 2017

This guidance note covers the issues associated with installing a heat pump in a historic building. It describes the different options available and how they work.

Conserving Historic Water Meadows

Conserving Historic Water Meadows

Published 13 November 2017

This guide aims to promote wider awareness of the rich heritage of water meadows. It is intended primarily for nature conservation groups, farmers, landowners, communities or individuals undertaking habitat ‘restoration’ work on historic water meadows.

Understanding the Archaeology of Landscapes

Understanding the Archaeology of Landscapes

Published 31 October 2017

This document provides practical guidance on the recording, analysis and understanding of earthworks and other historic landscape features by non-intrusive archaeological survey and investigation.

The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings

The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings

Published 20 October 2017

This guidance provides practical advice to farmers, land managers and others involved with the maintenance and repair of traditional farm buildings.

Adapting Traditional Farm Buildings

Adapting Traditional Farm Buildings

Published 20 October 2017

This advice explains how significance can be retained and enhanced through well-informed maintenance and sympathetic development, provided that repairs, design and implementation are carried out to a high standard.

New titles and backlist

Download our Advice and Guidance New Titles and Backlist using the link below:

Advice and Guidance

Advice and Guidance

Published 28 April 2017

Catalogue of the extensive range of expert advice and guidance to help you care for and protect historic places.

What you told us

In 2017 we commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to research whether Historic England's written advice and guidance provides the right information to the right audiences in the most effective way.

We are very grateful to everyone who took part in this study and shared their views.

The review found that overall our advice and guidance is well received and trusted. However, you told us that it isn't always easy to find the right advice and guidance on our website and we are looking at ways to improve that.

The report also highlighted that the sheer volume of available advice and guidance from a range of different organisations can make it difficult for users to know where to go first (especially people who don't need to access this advice very often). The report recommends greater collaboration to minimise the risk of duplication, strengthen content and improve cross-promotion.

The Audience Insights Report is available to download from our website.

Audience Insights: Review of Historic England’s Online Advice and Guidance

Audience Insights: Review of Historic England’s Online Advice and Guidance

Published 30 November 2017

This report provides insights into how well Historic England’s online advice and guidance conveys the right information to the right audiences in the most accessible and effective way.

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