Latest Research

Welcome to our latest news about research discoveries, innovation and science in the historic environment. This is also where you can find our digital magazine Historic England Research, available as a pdf and as web pages.

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  • Archive photograph of a group of Suffragettes posed in front of a poster.

    Introduction Issue 9

    Introducing Issue 9 of Historic England Research digital magazine showcasing highlights of applied research by Historic England and our partners.

  • Buildings at the corner of two streets in Sunderland.

    Researching Sunderland HAZ

    Exploring the history and architecture of Sunderland to aid sensitive regeneration.

  • A collection of Mesolithic flint tools from Norfolk.

    Squeezing Blood from Stones

    Collaborative research exploring the vulnerable evidence for lithic scatters and landscape in the Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic of Eastern England

  • View of a forest.

    Woodland Futures

    Research about using historic environment data to map potential new areas for forestry.

  • A group of women suffragists including Emmeline Pankhurst.


    Suffragette history and listed places.

  • Massive Medieval roof timbers in an attic.

    The Historic Houses of Hereford

    The important and overdue publication of an important group of historic buildings in Hereford, England.

  • 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.

  • 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.