Understanding Historic Buildings and Landscapes
Buildings, places and landscapes often require careful study to fully appreciate their history and significance. Historic England provides guidance intended to assist in undertaking this work. The guidance outlines the different approaches available to the researcher, covering the range of recording techniques, and also identifies the levels and types of record that may be required in different cases.
Understanding Historic Buildings: A guide to good recording practice
This document provides clear, practical guidance on the ways in which the wealth of historical evidence embodied in buildings can be gathered and disseminated for the lasting benefit and enjoyment of all. Conventions for architectural survey drawing are presented and illustrated with case studies.
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.Learn more
Drawing for Understanding
The techniques described in this guide have a long tradition of being used to aid understanding by observation and close contact with building fabric. They can be used by all involved in making records of buildings of all types and ages, but are particularly useful for vernacular buildings and architectural details which are crucial to the history of a building or site.
This guidance describes a method of recording historic buildings for the purpose of historical understanding using analytical site drawing and measuring by hand.Learn more
Understanding Place: Historic Area Assessments
Historic Area Assessments help explain the character of a place and define its significance, providing a sound evidence base for the informed management of the historic environment. The approach is intended to assist historic environment specialists, planners, developers, local communities and others in evaluating the historic environment by understanding how the past is encapsulated in today’s landscape, explaining why it has assumed its present form and highlighting its more significant elements.
This guidance explains how to undertake Historic Area Assessments (HAAs) in order to understand and explain the heritage interest of an area.Learn more