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Current Research Programme

You can find out about our current research programme, which includes:

  • Understanding the social and economic value of heritage
  • Identifying and recording new sites to guide future planning decisions
  • Looking at the performance of historic buildings and the best ways of conserving their physical fabric
  • Research into the opportunities and threats facing the historic environment
  • Contributing to the National Heritage Science Strategy

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    Discovering Heritage

    Much of England’s heritage is still to be discovered, so our work focusses on areas where our knowledge is weakest or the threat of loss is high.

  • View of St Pancras International and King's Cross stations, London.

    Opportunities and Threats

    This section looks at the opportunities and threats that face heritage over the coming years.

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

    Assessing Significance

    An introduction to Historic England’s knowledge and expertise in assessing the significance of England’s heritage.

  • Sheffield Station, Park Hill, with water feature in the foreground

    Social and Economic Research

    Historic England is committed to carrying out social and economic research in order to help us to understand the value of heritage.

  • Image of Liskeard in Cornwall

    Conservation Research

    Historic England carries out and commissions research on a wide range of conservation-related topics.

  • Diver recording cannon on a submerged wreck

    Heritage Science & Archaeology

    Heritage science encompasses all technological and scientific work that can benefit the heritage sector.