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On these pages you will find our digital magazine Historic England Research as well as articles about our the work we carry out or fund.

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The interior of a mill with rows of iron columns.
Introduction Issue 11

Introducing issue of 11 of Historic England Research digital magazine including a look at how the historic environment can help your wellbeing

Visitors at Avebury henge, Wiltshire
Wellbeing and Historic Environment

Exploring the relationship between wellbeing and the historic environment.

The interior of a former mill with engines, the space is re-purposed as a bar
Mills and Boom

Surveys of textile mills in Lancashire and Greater Manchester giving evidence of their numbers, condition and use

Three charred seeds.
Palaeoenvironmental Archiving

Raising awareness of England’s palaeoenvironmental archives resources as ways to understand past life-ways.

Three views of a reconstructed Roman cremation vessel including contents.
Waking the Birdoswald Dead

Unlocking hidden clues from Roman cremations at Hadrian's Wall.

View looking down at Cathedral Yard Exeter showing fire damage.
Exeter’s Cathedral Yard Fire

The fire in Exeter’s Cathedral Yard in 2016 has led to an unprecedented revival of public interest in the city’s historic built environment.

Image showing general view of Nine Barrows, Priddy, Wells, Somerset.
Back Issues

Here you can download back issues of Historic England Research magazine and its predecessor Research News.

Digital 3D model of a chalk cut map of Australia
Rediscovering Australia

Find out about a project to restore a 'lost' chalk map cut into a Wiltshire hillside by First World War Australian troops.

Colour photo showing a high winged single engine pane in flight
50 Years of Flying for Heritage

Learn about discoveries made in over 50 years of flying by Historic England aerial photographers and their predecessors.

An aerial view of excavations at Pocklington in the East Riding of Yorkshire showing a number of small enclosures containing graves
Challenges for Archaeology

Announcing a project to work towards solutions to important issues within the archaeology sector in England.

A sword pommel from the Staffordshire Hoard
Staffordshire Hoard

Update of progress of research into the stunning Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard.

Red lighting shows the outline of archaeological remains of a building preserved beneath a modern development.
Preserving Archaeological Remains

A behind the scenes look at recent guidelines for best practice in preserving archaeological sites

A reconstructed cooking pot and contents over a fire
Organic Residue Analysis

Describing the thinking behind Historic England's 2017 guide to organic residue analysis and what this technique can bring to archaeology.

A reconstruction drawing of a group of Neanderthals butchering a mammoth
Why the Old Stone Age Still Matters

Exploring the importance of evidence for early human activity in Britain

Detail of a clay pipe decorated to promote the abolition of the slave trade.
The National Pipe Archive

Historic England funding enables online access to digital resources and guidance notes from the National Pipe Archive.

Aerial photograph of a damaged historic bridge.
Research is Enriching the List

Find out how Historic England research is enriching the National Heritage List for England- and how you can help too.