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South East Highlights

Explore the stories below to see the range of projects and news from our work across the South East. Check back regularly for updates.

A group of secondary school pupils and their teacher look at a site plan with an archaeologist.

School Pupils Visit Browndown First World War Practice Trenches

Pupils from Brune Park School visited Historic England’s archaeological investigation team on site at the Browndown WW1 Practice Trenches.

Interior of dining room with the ingle nook on its western wall having fixed seats at either side with cut-out heart shapes. The hearth has a semi-circular opening and a beaten copper fire hood. The copper fire hood has a central heart surrounded by flowers and leaves, emblematic of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

110 Fascinating Places in London and the South East Listed in 2019

28 sites in London and 82 sites in the South East were listed in 2019

Aldershot Cenotaph, Municipal Gardens.

War memorials across the South East listed

Simple white single-story, wooden-clad building with grey tiled roof and white picket fence in front.

Heritage at Risk in the South East

Across the South East, 21 sites have been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register. Their future has been secured, often thanks to community groups.

A view of Royal Victoria Arcade on Union Street in Ryde, the Isle of Wight.

Historic Places Panel Report

Our new report makes a number of recommendations to support the regeneration of Newport, Ryde and East Cowes.

Aerial image of the early-18th century wreck of the Old Brig emerging from mud and sand of the Thames Estuary at Seasalter, north Kent.

'Old Brig' Wreck Excavation

Archaeologists are excavating the well-preserved wreck of a 18th century ship known as ‘Old Brig’ which lies in the Thames Estuary at Seasalter, Kent.

Wave Promenade, Ramsgate

What's Happening in Ramsgate

Check back every month for the latest news update as work on the historic environment acts as a catalyst to achieve economic growth in Ramsgate.

View of the tower, showing the cliffs in the background. The new bridge is just visible.

A New Bridge at Seaford Martello Tower

On Friday 5 October the South East team attended the opening of a new bridge at Seaford Martello Tower, Lewes, East Sussex.

Reading Abbey Gatehouse

Reading Abbey Re-Opened

Reading Abbey re-opened its doors to the public on Saturday 16 June 2018 after being closed for nine years.

Street view looking towards West Gate, Canterbury 1903

Doorway to Success: The West Gate, Canterbury

The North Tower cell door has been restored after suffering from serious decay.

Image of Goodnestone Park house - a large red brick house with a blue sky behind

Jane Austen in the South East

Explore the South East's connection to Jane Austen.

Black and white image of a car lifted off the track at Brooklands as it takes a fast corner.

Saving Racing History

Find out how we are helping to safeguard Brooklands Racing Circuit and how you can get involved.

Grounds of Canterbury Cathedral

What Does Heritage Do for Us?

All the presentations from a Heritage Counts event in Canterbury looking at the value of heritage

Delegates exploring design and historic buildings in St Leonards

Training Opportunities

Explore the latest training opportunities in the South East.

Brick buildings at RAF Bicester with grass, trees and brick structure in foreground.

RAF Bicester Mystery Solved

The mystery around the purpose of a secret military building discovered hidden amongst ivy and trees at RAF Bicester in Oxfordshire has been solved