Detail of a group of decorated gold objects.
The Staffordshire Hoard. Luke Unsworth © Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.
The Staffordshire Hoard. Luke Unsworth © Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Introduction to Issue 22

John Cattell, National Head of Research at Historic England, introduces issue 22 of our online research magazine.

Welcome to issue 22 of Historic England Research Magazine. In this issue we present a selection of articles about research that we commission from other organisations to help us and the sector to better understand and protect England’s historic environment or to help inform how the sector functions. We also showcase a project that illustrates our partnership work with other UK agencies.

In ‘Understanding the Staffordshire Hoard’, Jenni Butterworth of Drakon Heritage, co-author of a recent book on the subject summarises results from 10 years of research into the country’s largest Anglo-Saxon treasure.

Richard Brunning of Southwest Heritage Trust shares findings from investigations into two very important wetland prehistoric sites, prompted by their potential vulnerability to climate change. These are:

For Disability History month we commissioned Cath Poucher to report on the experiences of disabled people working in the heritage profession to help inform efforts to make the sector a more inclusive workplace.

Adam Kilgour and Franky Lau give a sneak-peek behind the scenes of a GIS project to open up access to our rich maritime heritage for researchers as part of the multi-agency ‘Unpath’d Waters’ consortium programme, which Historic England leads.

Lastly, we give you a thematic round-up of the latest additions to our Historic England Research Reports database so far in 2022.

About the author

Name and role

John Cattell

Title and organisation
National Head of Research at Historic England
John has worked for Historic England and its predecessors since 1989 in a variety of roles including Chief Buildings Historian and Research Director. He is now responsible ​for developing and leading the organisation's national research work. John is also responsible for Historic England's relationships with the Research Councils and leading on Independent Research Organisation engagement.

Download Issue 22 as a PDF format magazine

You can also download Issue 22 of 'Historic England Research' as PDF format magazine.