Historic Military Aviation Sites

Conservation Guidance

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This guidance is intended to promote the appreciation of historic military airfields and their associated buildings, so that their significance is properly recognised and conserved through appropriate management.

It explains how the operational needs and development potential of these sites can be reconciled with the recognition of their special historic, architectural or archaeological significance. It is also intended to assist with the preparation of guidelines, agreements and plans for individual sites.

The guidance is aimed at anyone that has a role in deciding how these sites are used and managed, including owners, their professional advisers, local planning authorities and the relevant statutory agencies. It applies to active military establishments as well as those that have been sold by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and adapted for other uses.

First published by English Heritage in 2003.


  • Introduction
  • Historic character
  • Historical development
  • Research, evaluation and recording
  • Statutory protection
  • Managing change
  • Alterations and repairs
  • References
  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • Where to get advice
  • Acknowledgements

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 38
  • Product Code: HEAG048


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