We carry out and fund high-quality applied research to support the protection and management of the historic environment. Here you can find out about our current programme of research at Historic England and the principles and methods that underpin it. 

Our programme is wide-ranging and both national and local in scope, with projects that highlight new discoveries and provide greater understanding and enjoyment of our historic places. The results of our research are also described here.

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    Research Strategy and Agenda

    The Research Strategy and Agenda for Historic England

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    Research Methods

    Historic England use a wide range of techniques to investigate and interpret remains of the past and carry out research into England's heritage

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    Current Research Programme

    Find out about Historic England's current comprehensive research programme.

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    Research Results

    Find out how to access the results of our research, including from past projects.

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    Support & Collaboration

    Find out about the support and funding that we provide to those carrying out research into the historic environment.

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    Inclusive Heritage

    You can explore how important aspects of our past, such as attitudes towards disability, are reflected in the buildings of our towns and cities.

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    Latest Research

    Keep up to date with a selection of highlights from the latest applied research into the historic environment by Historic England and our partners.

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    Heritage Counts

    Heritage Counts is the annual audit of England's heritage. It outlines changes in the sector and reports on indicators for the historic environment.