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Research Approaches

Here we set out the broad principles that guide Historic England’s research programme. You can also find the key strategies that provide a focus for our work, such as our Heritage Science Strategy, as well as an overview of our research expertise.

New discoveries and fresh insights resulting from our research are then transformed into evidence-based policies and practical guidance.

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    Research Principles

    The principles that underpin our research at 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