Historic England carries out and commissions research on a range of topics relating to the conservation of historic buildings, structures and designed landscapes. On these pages you can read about our research and download reports. You can also find links to related technical advice. Historic buildings and designed landscapes are vulnerable to a range of threats and harmful agencies. Our research programme aims to enhance good conservation practice by finding suitable, effective, evidence-based approaches to reducing risks and mitigating harm. The majority of projects are ‘problem-led’, providing solutions that are both practical and sustainable. Findings are published in our Research Reports database and our advice and guidance publications.
Current areas of research
- The continuing care and conservation of historic buildings and designed landscapes
- Sourcing and sustaining supplies of traditional materials for the maintenance and repair of historic buildings and designed landscapes
- Understanding the performance of materials, techniques and treatments for conserving heritage assets
- Understanding the energy performance of historic buildings and the effects of measures to increase energy efficiency
- Mitigating harm to heritage assets from catastrophic threats and emergencies