Field barns in the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Field barns in the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Field barns in the landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs)

The series of Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) set out our understanding of types of particular building, landscape, site or monument and development of ships and boats in a brief, up-to-date, factual overview.

What IHAs cover

Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) provide accessible, authoritative, well-illustrated summaries of our current understanding of particular building types, especially those which, until now, have been little studied. IHAs typically share a common approach, headings and format.

A short Introduction defines the building or asset type, notes any alternative names by which it is known, gives the broad date range, and discusses the distribution and number of known examples. Any particular threats to the type are identified.

Next comes a Description, or Historical background, which considers in greater detail the structures’ locations, their form and plan, and how they functioned.

With more complex building or asset types there may be a separate section on Chronology, tracing their development through time. For assets, this is followed by a discussion of the Development of the monument type as revealed by investigation - what has been revealed by archaeology or survey work of all sorts.

Each is concluded by a narrative guide to Further Reading, which signposts key works, especially those of an accessible character.

IHAs fall under 4 main categories: buildings, monuments, landscapes and vessels.

Buildings

IHAs focussing on buildings complement the Listing Selection Guide series providing more detailed consideration of particular asset type’. Titles will be added as the need arises, and as new research and understanding becomes available.

Archaeology

While there is no aspiration to have an entirely comprehensive series covering all types of sites from early prehistory to present, the 41 IHAs completed to date do include the majority of the main groups of heritage asset from early prehistory to the end of the Middle Ages. As with buildings, they complement the Selection Guide series.

More will be added as time goes on, especially when new research alters accepted understanding.

Designed landscapes

These focus on lesser-known landscape types and features. We will add to this series as new issues require it.

Ships and boats

While there is no aspiration to have an entirely comprehensive series covering all types of vessels from early prehistory to the years immediately following the Second World War, the two IHAs consider:

  • All vessels used on inland waters, coastal waters, and the open sea
  • Identify key archaeological discoveries
  • Address the main vessel types, including submarines and those that are now buried underground and those no longer afloat

List of IHAs

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