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Latest Research

Welcome to our latest news about research discoveries, innovation and science in the historic environment. This is also where you can find our digital magazine Historic England Research, available as a pdf and as web pages.

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  • Screen shot of the virtual trail for HMS Invincible.

    Introduction to Issue 7

    Introduction to Issue 7 of Historic England Research digital magazine.

  • A bathymetric survey image of the wreck of the Mendi.

    We Die Like Brothers

    The tragic story of the SS Mendi: Linking First World War archaeology with equality and social justice.

  • Three-dimensional visualisation of HMS Falmouth.

    3D Visualisation of HMS Falmouth

    To commemorate the centenary of the sinking of cruiser HMS Falmouth, consultants Fjodr and Historic England produced digital model of the wreck.

  • Part of a digital model for a virtual dive trail

    England's Protected Wreck Sites

    Find out how you can explore some of England's protected wrecks without getting wet!

  • A black and white archive image showing a group of men, including activist Edward Carpenter seated in a garden in front of a house.

    Pride of Place

    England's Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and Queer (LGBT) Heritage

  • A heritage scientist examining a historic icon.

    SEAHA Heritage Science

    The SEAHA Science Engineering Arts Heritage and Archaeology skills funding initiative is a milestone for heritage science.

  • The interior of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings with scaffolding

    New Research Agenda

    Historic England has reissued its Research Agenda which is a goldmine of ideas for researchers.

  • A row of Eighteenth-century Levi headstones and Cohen headstones with Hebrew inscriptions

    Houses of Eternal Life

    Understanding the heritage of England's Jewish burial grounds

  • Beads from a A Bronze Age necklace.

    Whitehorse Hill Cist

    Examining a Bronze Age burial on Dartmoor that yielded rare well-preserved finds including textile and wooden artefacts.

  • Detail of an early 18th century plan for the pleasure gardens.

    Marble Hill House Park

    Using a range of survey techniques to unpick the history of the park at Marble Hill House, London.

  • A Roman hypercaust from an excavation in Winchester.

    Understanding Winchester's past

    A new publication brings together information about Winchester's rich archaeological heritage and its significance.

  • Image showing general view of Nine Barrows, Priddy, Wells, Somerset.

    Back Issues

    Here you can download back issues of Historic England Research magazine and its predecessor Research News.

  • Colour photo showing a high winged single engine pane in flight

    50 Years of Flying for Heritage

    Learn about discoveries made in 50 years of flying by Historic England aerial photographers and their predecessors.

  • An aerial view of excavations at Pocklington in the East Riding of Yorkshire showing a number of small enclosures containing graves

    Challenges for Archaeology

    Announcing a project to work towards solutions to important issues within the archaeology sector in England.

  • A sword pommel from the Staffordshire Hoard

    Staffordshire Hoard

    Update of progress of research into the stunning Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard.

  • Red lighting shows the outline of archaeological remains of a building preserved beneath a modern development.

    Preserving Archaeological Remains

    A behind the scenes look at recent guidelines for best practice in preserving archaeological sites

  • A reconstructed cooking pot and contents over a fire

    Organic Residue Analysis

    Describing the thinking behind Historic England's 2017 guide to organic residue analysis and what this technique can bring to archaeology.