Historic Built Environment Knowledge Exchange Recommendations Report

Towards a Collaborative National Framework and Research Agenda for the Historic Built Environment

By Alex Buchanan, Harold Mytum, Stella Jackson

This report represents the conclusion to the Historic Built Environment Knowledge Exchange (HistBEKE) project to develop a national framework and research agenda for the historic built environment.

The project was commissioned in 2017 by Historic England, funded through Heritage Protection Commissions and carried out by a multi-disciplinary research team based at the University of Liverpool.

The project involved a review of current literature and wide-ranging consultation with the sector, including two surveys, seven roundtable discussion groups and a seminar day.

The recommendations contained in this document are intended to enable the creation of an initial research framework and to inform further discussion between Historic England and proposed partners to establish a sustainable network to develop the resource and maintain it into the future.

In summary, the project found that the sector would welcome a research framework to support research, facilitate knowledge exchange, and demonstrate the impact of research. The framework should be a dynamic online resource, capable of regular update and directly responsive to sectoral needs.

Accompanying the report is a classified bibliography that is a result of the literature review undertaken as part of the project. This is available as a separate download.

The views expressed in the report are those of the commissioned authors and are based upon their research. The report does not necessarily reflect the views of Historic England.


  • Introduction
  • Frameworks and agendas
  • Methodology
  • Research findings
  • Analysis
  • Building the network
  • Recommendations
  • Appendix A: Academic Institutions with Specialism in the English Historic Built Environment
  • Classified Bibliography (separate download)

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 54 (report); 150 (bibliography)


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