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Discovering our Hidden Heritage

Much of England’s heritage still remains to be discovered. Historic England is prioritizing survey work where our knowledge is weakest or the threat of loss is highest. A wide range of methods are employed to rapidly identify what is out there, its significance, and what condition it is in.

Key priorities for research have been identified in the following areas:

  • Colour photograph of defunct sea defences and eroding till cliffs at Happisburgh, Norfolk

    Discovering Coastal Heritage

    Read about the threats to our coastal heritage and what Historic England is doing to discover, record and protect that vulnerable heritage

  • Colour photograph showing a stone cave wall lit at a shallow angle from below to produce shadows from the incised lines

    Early Prehistory

    These pages explain Historic England's work on early prehistory through recent and current projects.

  • Colour photograph showing several old buildings and a timber framed hall on stilts

    Early Urban Buildings

    This page outlines Historic England’s programme of projects looking at early urban buildings and provides details of projects currently being funded.

  • Computer image of submarine wreck from sonar survey

    Marine Discovery

    Find out how our research into the seas around England helps to reveal more about the evidence of our past.

  • Colour aerial photograph showing a pattern of darker green lines on a background of a yellow in a field under crop

    Terrestrial Landscape

    We identify archaeological sites and landscapes using aerial photography, lidar, geophysics, earthwork analysis and excavation.

  • The wooden stakes of a prehistoric enclosure at Must Farm, Cambridgeshire, preserved by waterlogging.

    Wetland Heritage

    Find out how our work into wetland heritage helps to reveal more about the archaeological and environmental evidence from the past.