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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.