Introduction Issue 9
In this issue of Historic England Research we consider two examinations of very different and very important under-represented heritages.
HerStories is a centenary project on the buildings and special historic places associated with the struggle for Women’s suffrage. This struggle was audacious, courageous and at times desperate and dangerous, and the project has made a start in revealing this important aspect of women’s history.
Squeezing Blood from Stones also examines an under-represented heritage. The results of a collaborative PhD project with the University of Manchester, it examines the research potential of scatters of stone tools dating from between 15,000 and 6,000 years ago. These vulnerable “lithic scatters” of the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic periods are the only evidence for those fascinating but elusive early inhabitants of Britain.
We also introduce two urban studies undertaken for different reasons. The Historic Houses of Hereford 1200 to 1700 introduces a study drawing together years of research into the important early buildings of this beautiful and historic county town to help owners and authorities understand their significance; while in Researching Sunderland’s Heritage Action Zone we look at the value of exploring the historic development of the town and look at how our combined applied research skills have been brought to bear at the local level to inform possible regeneration plans.
Finally, in Woodland Futures we showcase some strategic research which looks at how to reap the benefits of increased woodland targets at the same time as ensuring that local historic landscape character is retained or even enhanced.
Barney Sloane, FSA
Barney Sloane is Director of Research at Historic England. He has extensive experience of working in the Cultural Heritage sector, including strategic management, commissioning research and in archaeology. He is a Fellow of Society of Antiquaries of London and Vice President of European Archaeological Council.