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Latest Advice and Guidance

This page highlights our most recent advice and guidance on a wide range of heritage-related topics. All of our advice is free to download from relevant sections of the website and the Publications pages.

This page includes the following lists:

Download a booklet listing our current advice and guidance

New advice and guidance

List of our new advice and guidance documents published in the last six months.

Post-Modern Architecture

Post-Modern Architecture

Published 15 December 2017

This document sets out the history and characteristics of post-modern architecture, showing how it was applied to different sectors and building types.

Mechanics' Institutes

Mechanics' Institutes

Published 15 December 2017

This document sets out the origins and evolution of the mechanics institute, a 19th century phenomenon, emerging from the 1820s and continuing into the years preceding the First World War.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Differential Movement of Foundations

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Differential Movement of Foundations

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the options and chosen solution for the stabilisation of the Civilian War Memorial within Abney Park Cemetery, London.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Deterioration of Metal Fixings

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Deterioration of Metal Fixings

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes a conservation project to the Grade-II listed Waterloo Memorial at Bispham Hall. The memorial was in poor condition with deformation caused by ferrous cramps.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Conservation of Mortar-Filled Inscriptions

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Conservation of Mortar-Filled Inscriptions

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the challenges faced when restoring mortar-filled inscriptions on the Cheltenham War Memorial.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Replacement of Missing Bronze Elements

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Replacement of Missing Bronze Elements

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the treatment undertaken to address missing bronze elements on the Grade-II listed Bootle War Memorial.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Published 24 November 2017

This document describes the treatment undertaken to the surfaces of the bronze statues and plaques on the Grade-II listed Bootle War Memorial.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: The Surface Treatment of Bronze Statuary

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the conservation work carried out to the bronze elements of the First and Second World Wars Memorial in Tottenham which had previously been treated and painted.

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Cleaning

Conserving War Memorials Case Study: Cleaning

Published 24 November 2017

This case study describes the methods used to clean the Cheltenham War Memorial, which included hand and steam cleaning.

Photogrammetric Applications for Cultural Heritage

Photogrammetric Applications for Cultural Heritage

Published 31 October 2017

This guidance covers the practical application of photogrammetry in recording cultural heritage, with particular reference to structure from motion (SfM) techniques.

The Adaptive Reuse of Traditional Farm Buildings

The Adaptive Reuse of Traditional Farm Buildings

Published 20 October 2017

This advice note explains how significance can be retained and enhanced through well-informed maintenance and sympathetic development, provided that repairs, design and implementation are carried out to a high standard.

19th and 20th century Roman Catholic Churches

19th and 20th century Roman Catholic Churches

Published 29 September 2017

This document looks at the relatively recent history of Roman Catholic churches in England.

The Installation of Telecommunications Equipment, Including Broadband and Mobile, in Churches and Other Listed Places of Worship

The Installation of Telecommunications Equipment, Including Broadband and Mobile, in Churches and Other Listed Places of Worship

Published 11 August 2017

This note offers congregations and installers advice about Historic England’s involvement with proposals to install telecommunications equipment.

BIM for Heritage

BIM for Heritage

Published 20 July 2017

This publication raises awareness of the potential advantages of a BIM approach to help users successfully implement BIM in heritage projects.

Updated selection guides

In December 2017 we published updated versions of our 20 thematically-arranged listing selection guides. The guides give detailed guidance on what may be eligible for listing and are available to download from our Listing Selection Guides webpage.

We have also published updated Ships and Boats, Battlefields and four Park and Garden selection guides.

Sports and Recreation Buildings

Sports and Recreation Buildings

Published 4 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when listing sports and recreation buildings.

Ships and Boats: Prehistory to Present

Ships and Boats: Prehistory to Present

Published 18 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating ships and boats in the archaeological environment.

Battlefields

Battlefields

Published 18 December 2017

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when registering battlefields.

Landscapes of Remembrance

Landscapes of Remembrance

Published 15 January 2018

This guide sets out the selection criteria for the inclusion of landscapes of remembrance to the Register of Parks and Gardens.

Revised and updated advice and guidance

List of other advice and guidance documents we've revised and updated in the last six months.

3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

3D Laser Scanning for Heritage

Published 8 February 2018

3rd Edition. Advice and guidance on the use of laser scanning in archaeology and architecture

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 3

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 3

Published 22 December 2017

The Setting of Heritage Assets - this document sets out guidance on managing change within the settings of heritage assets, including archaeological remains and historic buildings, sites, areas, and landscapes.

Historic Wreck Sites At Risk: A Risk Management Toolkit

Historic Wreck Sites At Risk: A Risk Management Toolkit

Published 14 December 2017

This document, comprising an update to a Risk Management Handbook, describes a methodology to be adopted by Historic England, contract archaeologists, licensees and others engaged in the risk assessment and risk management of England’s Historic Wreck Sites.

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings - Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic and traditionally constructed buildings

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings - Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic and traditionally constructed buildings

Published 8 December 2017

This guidance provides technical advice to help prevent conflicts between energy efficiency requirements in Part L of the Building Regulations and the conservation of historic and traditionally constructed buildings.

Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps

Published 4 December 2017

This guidance note covers the issues associated with installing a heat pump in a historic building. It describes the different options available and how they work.

Conserving Historic Water Meadows

Conserving Historic Water Meadows

Published 13 November 2017

This guide aims to promote wider awareness of the rich heritage of water meadows. It is intended primarily for nature conservation groups, farmers, landowners, communities or individuals undertaking habitat ‘restoration’ work on historic water meadows.

Understanding the Archaeology of Landscapes

Understanding the Archaeology of Landscapes

Published 31 October 2017

This document provides practical guidance on the recording, analysis and understanding of earthworks and other historic landscape features by non-intrusive archaeological survey and investigation.

The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings

The Maintenance and Repair of Traditional Farm Buildings

Published 20 October 2017

This guidance provides practical advice to farmers, land managers and others involved with the maintenance and repair of traditional farm buildings.

Adapting Traditional Farm Buildings

Adapting Traditional Farm Buildings

Published 20 October 2017

This advice explains how significance can be retained and enhanced through well-informed maintenance and sympathetic development, provided that repairs, design and implementation are carried out to a high standard.

Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets

Managing Local Authority Heritage Assets

Published 18 August 2017

The guidance is primarily aimed at local authority asset managers and is intended to raise the profile of heritage assets and to provide a framework of ‘best practice’ for their care.

Metal Theft from Historic Buildings

Metal Theft from Historic Buildings

Published 12 July 2017

The note deals mainly with theft of lead roofs from historic churches but the information applies to other types of building and traditional metal.

New titles and backlist

Download our Advice and Guidance New Titles and Backlist using the link below:

Advice and Guidance

Advice and Guidance

Published 28 April 2017

Catalogue of the extensive range of expert advice and guidance to help you care for and protect historic places.

What you told us

In 2017 we commissioned Pye Tait Consulting to research whether Historic England's written advice and guidance provides the right information to the right audiences in the most effective way.

We are very grateful to everyone who took part in this study and shared their views.

The review found that overall our advice and guidance is well received and trusted. However, you told us that it isn't always easy to find the right advice and guidance on our website and we are looking at ways to improve that.

The report also highlighted that the sheer volume of available advice and guidance from a range of different organisations can make it difficult for users to know where to go first (especially people who don't need to access this advice very often). The report recommends greater collaboration to minimise the risk of duplication, strengthen content and improve cross-promotion.

The Audience Insights Report is available to download from our website.

Audience Insights: Review of Historic England’s Online Advice and Guidance

Audience Insights: Review of Historic England’s Online Advice and Guidance

Published 30 November 2017

This report provides insights into how well Historic England’s online advice and guidance conveys the right information to the right audiences in the most accessible and effective way.

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