Introduction to Issue 7
I’m pleased to introduce this, the seventh, issue of our Historic England Research magazine, which continues to reach an increasingly wide audience.
Following our last themed edition on the Stonehenge landscape, this one returns to our normal portmanteau approach. But, in doing so, I hope it serves to illustrate the wide ranging character of the research undertaken or sponsored by Historic England. In this issue alone we span landscapes that range from the submerged, the urban, the designed and the uplands. We also address a number of topics where research is breaking new ground and challenging mainstream perceptions of heritage, whether by illuminating the tragic story of SS Mendi and the significance of Jewish cemeteries, or through crowd-sourced research on the heritage of the LGBT community.
In examining the SEAHA project, and introducing our new Research Agenda we also return to a theme explored in issue 2 – our increasingly close relationship with the higher education sector. Earlier in the year we were delighted to learn that this relationship had been further cemented when Historic England was accorded Independent Research Organisation status with the UK Research Councils. This testifies to the quality of the research that we undertake and allows us to join the 19 other bodies also accorded that accolade: organisations described by Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as the UK’s ‘cultural crown jewels’.
I hope you enjoy this latest addition to the series and, indeed, previous issues of the magazine– which are which are available to download from the back issues page.
Steve Trow, BSc, MCIfA, FSA is Director of Research at Historic England and a member of its Executive Team. Since joining English Heritage in 1987, Steve has worked in its designation department, as an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and as its Head of Rural and Environmental Policy. He is an archaeologist with research interests in the Roman period and has previously worked for the Museum of London and The British Museum.