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Historic England publishes an extensive range of expert advice and guidance to help care for and protect historic places

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

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

Historic Fibrous Plaster in the UK

Published 4 June 2019

This document is interim guidance for conservation professionals and building managers responsible for buildings with fibrous plaster in the UK.

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A Guide to Historic Environment Records (HERs) in England

Published 28 February 2019

This guidance sets out the specification for Historic Environment Records (HERs) and replaces the Benchmarks for Good Practice (ALGAO 2002).

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Reducing fires in properties with thatched roofs

Working together with The Fire Protection Association and NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited we have published a new guidance pamphlet for owners/occupiers of thatched buildings who use wood burning and multi-fuel stoves. Read more on the fire advice section of our website.

Insuring Historic Buildings and other Heritage Assets

Published 1 December 2018

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

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Revised and updated advice and guidance

Introductions to Heritage Assets on archaeology updated and reissued

This series of 41 guides covers a huge variety of archaeological remains from artillery defences, to hermitages and water meadows. The example below is the introduction to the type of prehistoric sites known as 'banjo enclosures'. Find out more from the Introductions to Heritage Assets web page

Banjo Enclosures

Published 31 October 2018

An introductory guide to Banjo Enclosures.

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Other revised and updated guidance

Below is a list of other advice and guidance documents we've revised and updated in the last six months.

Methodist and Nonconformist Chapels in Cornwall

Published 28 June 2019

Guidance to help congregations, new owners and professional advisors make informed decisions about how to adapt and make changes to nonconformist chapels.

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Animal Bones and Archaeology - Recovery to archive

Published 17 June 2019

Handbook on dealing with archaeological animal bones and teeth, from project planning through to post-excavation.

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Lightning Protection

Published 9 April 2019

This guidance provides advice on the design of new or improved lightning protection and surge protection systems.

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Piling and Archaeology

Published 19 March 2019

This guidance note has been prepared to assist planning authorities and archaeological officers, developers and their consultants to make clear and informed decisions about piling schemes and their potential impact upon archaeological remains. It provides information on piling types, impacts, and solutions for sustainable foundation design and is illustrated by case studies.

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Conservation Area Appraisal, Designation and Management

Published 8 February 2019

Advice Note 1 - this revised guidance sets out ways to manage change in a way that conserves and enhances historic areas through conservation area designation, appraisal and management.

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Multi-light Imaging

Published 21 December 2018

This publication provides practical guidance on reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) technique, and in particular, on the polynomial texture mapping (PTM) method for fitting reflectance distribution data.

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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.

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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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