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:

Download a booklet listing our current advice and guidance

New advice and guidance

Cleaning war memorials

We've produced a series of videos to help people who look after war memorials. They include good practice information on:

  • tackling different types of soiling
  • reasons for cleaning
  • chemical cleaning
  • cleaning with biocides
  • water washing

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

Advice on obtaining insurance and establishing the extent of cover required.

Insuring Historic Buildings and other Heritage Assets

Published 1 December 2018

Advice on obtaining insurance and establishing the extent of cover required.

Explore the role of historic places and local history in preparing a neighbourhood plan

Neighbourhood Planning and the Historic Environment

Published 16 October 2018

Explore the role of historic places and local history in preparing a neighbourhood plan

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: How to Improve Energy Efficiency

Published 29 June 2018

This guidance is for anyone who wishes to improve energy efficiency in an historic building.

Revised and updated advice and guidance

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

A Guide to Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Investigations

Water Features in Historic Settings

Published 22 November 2018

A Guide to Archaeological and Palaeoenvironmental Investigations

This document provides guidance on identifying, investigating and interpreting the archaeological remains of past glassworking.

Archaeological Evidence for Glassworking

Published 26 October 2018

The aim of these guidelines is to help archaeologists to recover, identify and interpret waste from the production and working of glass in Britain, from the Bronze Age to the early 20th century.

These guidelines are for archaeologists working on sites of historic industries of the 17th- to 19th-century.

Science for Historic Industries

Published 26 October 2018

These guidelines are for archaeologists working on sites of historic industries of the 17th- to 19th-century.

This guidance covers the issues associated with installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on a historic building or on the land of a historic site.

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Solar Electric (Photovoltaics)

Published 15 October 2018

This guidance covers the issues associated with installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on a historic building or on the land of a historic site.

Guidance for deploying ‘traditional’ non-electronic methods of survey to record and interpret the archaeology of an earthwork site.

Graphical and Plane Table Survey of Archaeological Earthworks

Published 12 October 2018

Guidance for deploying ‘traditional’ non-electronic methods of survey to record and interpret the archaeology of an earthwork site.

Guidance describing the Project Osteologist’s role, from project planning to dissemination of results and archiving of remains.

The Role of the Human Osteologist in an Archaeological Fieldwork Project

Published 8 October 2018

Guidance describing the Project Osteologist’s role, from project planning to dissemination of results and archiving of remains.

This guidance is for anyone working on project planning through to archive deposition and curation of archaeological waterlogged organic artefacts.

Waterlogged Organic Artefacts

Published 28 September 2018

The guidelines are aimed at anyone working with waterlogged textile, leather, worked bone, horn or basketry and provide good practice advice from recovery through to archive deposition and publication.

Using Airborne Lidar in Archaeological Survey

Published 25 July 2018

The aim of this guidance is to help archaeologists, researchers and those who manage the historic environment to decide whether using lidar data will actually be beneficial in terms of their research aims, and how the data can be used effectively.

New titles and backlist

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

Advice and Guidance

Published 8 May 2018

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

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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