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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 the Publications section of our website.

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New advice and guidance

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

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.

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.

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.

Conserving War Memorials: Structural Problems and Repairs

Conserving War Memorials: Structural Problems and Repairs

Published 14 June 2017

This technical note describes good practice for diagnosing and understanding the structural problems found in war memorials, with a focus on freestanding masonry and memorials built of concrete.

Conserving War Memorials: Cleaning

Conserving War Memorials: Cleaning

Published 14 June 2017

This technical advice note describes good practice for cleaning war memorials, outlining a step-by-step approach to aid decisions on whether cleaning is necessary and the range of techniques available.

Updated listing selection guides

Updated versions of our 20 thematically-arranged listing selection guides were published on 4 December 2017. The guides give detailed guidance on what may be eligible for listing and are available to download from our Listing Selection Guides webpage. 

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.

Revised and updated advice and guidance

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

 

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.

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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.

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