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Guidance Open for Consultation

Your chance to have a say on advice and guidance documents we've published in draft. Your feedback will help us make our advice and guidance useful.

New advice and guidance

Insuring Historic Buildings and other Heritage Assets

This guidance is intended to help owners, managers, surveyors and other professional advisers involved with the insurance and assessment of reinstatement costs for historic buildings and other heritage assets.

Advice is given on getting insurance and establishing the extent of cover required which is often framed by financial and planning constraints as well as the statutory duties associated with public use, or any purpose requiring public or employers’ liability. The methods for establishing the appropriate reinstatement costs are outlined.

The guidance stresses that insurance is just one part of a proper risk management strategy that takes full account of potential damage from lack of maintenance, fire, theft, flooding and other more general risks.

What are we asking in this consultation?

  • We would welcome any comments on the breadth of content and on any detail included in the draft guidance.
  • More specifically we would like any comments regarding how well the guidance reflects current practice and options offered by the insurance industry and whether any additional information is required to reflect best practice.
  • We would particularly welcome comments on the limit of the indemnity secured. The guidance outlines the most common limitations set within policies as a basis for cover as well as for specific risks.
  • Many owners find the assessment of reinstatement costs a particularly difficult area. Does the draft provide sufficiently clear and comprehensive guidance on this matter?

The guidance will be illustrated but the consultation draft is without images.

This consultation closes 3 September 2018.

Ways to respond

Please send your consultation comments, and any questions you have about the document or the consultation to:

Revised and updated guidance

Guidelines on the X-radiography of Archaeological Metalwork

Historic England is in the process of updating the Guidelines on the X-radiography of Archaeological Metalwork.

The current guidance provides recommendations on the minimum requirements for X-raying metal finds from archaeological projects. It is aimed both at those who commission, manage or monitor post-excavation projects that involve the recording and analysis of metalwork; and, to those who produce and use X-radiographs in the course of their work.

As well as updating guidance to include advice on commissioning and undertaking digital and computed radiography we are also looking to improve the management and archiving of our digital X-radiographs. The new guidelines will include both organic and inorganic materials.

This survey is a precursor to this work; we seek to find out how other organisations used the guidance and how they are managing their digital X-radiographs, including data sharing, archiving, and documentation.

If you have used the guidance and/or are creating/commissioning digital X-radiographs we would be grateful if you could fill in a short survey:

Complete the survey form

The survey will be open until 10 August 2018.

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