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Research Publications

Historic England carries out  and publishes research into the historic environment.

We make this research available through a wide range of Historic England publications, journals and websites as well as partnering with other organisations.

These series include:

Informed Conservation

This popular series highlights the special character of some of our most important historic areas and the development pressures they are facing.

There are over 25 titles in the series, some looking at whole towns such as Plymouth, while others focus on particular building types such as historic warehouses in Manchester.

The books are written in an engaging style and include high-quality colour photographs and specially commissioned graphics.

You can buy Informed Conservation volumes through the Historic England bookshop. 

Access out of print titles in the Informed Conservation series in PDF format through our main publications search.

A recent addition to the series looks at the once ubiquitous railway goods sheds and warehouses

The Railway Goods Shed and Warehouse in England

The Railway Goods Shed and Warehouse in England

Published 15 September 2016

Provides an accessible overview and introduction, and is the first book to be published on this subject.


Historic England research monographs

Historic England has its own series of monographs where we publish the latest research on subjects as comprehensive and wide ranging as The Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1946-1989 through to England’s Motoring Heritage from the air. Look for monographs through the Historic England bookshop.

A recent example of a research monograph is on the landscpe of the Mendip Hills.

The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills

The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills

Published 15 July 2015

Explores both archaeological and architectural features in the landscape.


Publishing with external partners

We are committed to making our research available to as wider audience as possible.

As well as our own publications, we also partner with other publishers.

Recent publications include:

Space, Hope and Brutalism, English architecture 1945-75 by Elain Harwood

This is a major academic survey of post-war architecture by building type, something that has never been attempted as a book before.  

It provides a greater understanding of the often misrepresented architecture of this sensitive period by placing buildings in their context.  Each chapter is accompanied by new photography from James O. Davies.

England’s Post-War Listed Buildings by Elain Harwood and James O. Davies, Batsford Books, August 2015.  

This is the third edition of Elain’s earlier book describing every single post-war building, in 534 entries, this time with the help of colleagues in the Designation Team.  Each entry is superbly photographed by James O. Davies, Historic England's chief photographer.

Apethorpe: the Story of an English Country House by Kathryn A Morrison with Emily Cole, Nick Hill, John Cattell and Pete Smith, Yale University Press with Historic England 2015 

Our understanding of the historical development of Apethorpe in Northamptonshire was transformed by an intensive programme of investigation and research carried out by English Heritage (now Historic England) in 2005-2014.

While the entire span of the property’s history is discussed – including its medieval origins and its period as an approved school – the book focuses on the 1620s, when the house was extended at the command of a frequent visitor, King James I.

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and drawings.

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