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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 the Publications section of our website.

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New advice and guidance

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

Law Courts and Courtrooms 1: The Buildings of the Criminal Law

Law Courts and Courtrooms 1: The Buildings of the Criminal Law

Published 8 September 2016

This document tells the story of how buildings have been adapted initially and subsequently constructed to meet the needs of England’s complex criminal legal system. It also explains how the courtroom has evolved from a gathering of professionals around a table in the medieval hall to the specialised, purpose-built, modern courtroom.

Law Courts and Courtrooms 2: Civil and Coroner’s Courts

Law Courts and Courtrooms 2: Civil and Coroner’s Courts

Published 8 September 2016

This document describes the development of buildings associated with these two strands of law, from adapting existing structures to creating purpose-built courts.

Nonconformist Places of Worship

Nonconformist Places of Worship

Published 31 August 2016

This document looks at the history of 'nonconformist' chapels and meeting houses and describes the issues faced by the closure or reuse of many which remain in existence.

Drawing for Understanding

Drawing for Understanding

Published 31 July 2016

This guidance describes a method of recording historic buildings for the purpose of historical understanding using analytical site drawing and measuring by hand.

Engines of Prosperity: new uses for old mills

Engines of Prosperity: new uses for old mills

Published 30 June 2016

A study to review and develop best practice in the regeneration of West Yorkshire’s textile mills.

Revised and updated advice and guidance

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

Signal Boxes

Signal Boxes

Published 7 September 2016

This short guide provides an introduction to the history and typology of railway signal boxes. It is intended to support the listing selection guide on Transport Buildings.

Buildings and Infrastructure for the Motor Car

Buildings and Infrastructure for the Motor Car

Published 31 August 2016

This short guide provides an introduction to the history and development of buildings associated with motoring in England. It is intended to support the listing selection guide on Transport Buildings.

Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair

Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair

Published 3 August 2016

This technical advice note is aimed at architects, surveyors, engineers, building managers, contractors, conservation officers and owners who need to obtain matching stone for repairing a historic building or monument.

The English Public Library 1850-1939

The English Public Library 1850-1939

Published 29 July 2016

This selection guide provides an introduction to the history and development of library buildings, complementing an already-published guide to later libraries.

The English Public Library 1945-85

The English Public Library 1945-85

Published 29 July 2016

This short guide looks at the development of public libraries in England after the Second World War.

Greater London Archaeological Priority Area Guidelines

Greater London Archaeological Priority Area Guidelines

Published 25 July 2016

These guidelines have been produced as part of a programme to review, revise and update the Archaeological Priority Areas across Greater London to provide a consistent framework for documenting archaeological interest for planning purposes.

Ships and Boats: Prehistory to 1840

Ships and Boats: Prehistory to 1840

Published 8 July 2016

An introductory guide to ships and boats which pre-date 1840.

Ships and Boats: 1840 to 1950

Ships and Boats: 1840 to 1950

Published 8 July 2016

An introduction to ships and boats from 1840-1950.

19th- and 20th-Century Convents and Monasteries

19th- and 20th-Century Convents and Monasteries

Published 30 June 2016

This short guide provides an introduction to the history and development of convents and monasteries built in England, principally for Roman Catholic communities, from the late 18th century.

Coastguard Stations

Coastguard Stations

Published 30 June 2016

This short guide provides an introduction to the history and development of coastguard stations in England. It is intended to support the listing selection guide on Maritime and Naval buildings.

The Late 20th-Century Commercial Office

The Late 20th-Century Commercial Office

Published 30 June 2016

This short guide provides an introduction to the development of commercial office buildings in late 20th-century England. It is intended to support the listing selection guide on Commerce and Exchange Buildings.

Understanding Historic Buildings

Understanding Historic Buildings

Published 24 May 2016

This guidance sets out the process of investigating and recording historic buildings for the purposes of historical understanding.

Heritage Champions Handbook

Heritage Champions Handbook

Published 18 May 2016

This handbook is a guide for all Heritage Champions. It provides information on what they can do in their role, how they can do it, and outlines contacts and sources of information.

Local Heritage Listing

Local Heritage Listing

Published 11 May 2016

The advice supports local authorities and communities to introduce a local list in their area or make changes to an existing list.

Coming soon

In the next few months we will be producing the following new advice and guidance:

  • Preserving archaeological sites
  • Organic residue analysis

We will be revising and updating our listing selection guides.

Email guidance@HistoricEngland.org.uk if you would like to find out more about any of the advice and guidance projects we are working on at the moment.

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