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Discovered by Disaster

Archaeology enthusiasts are rolling up their sleeves and pulling on their boots at events around the country for the Festival of Archaeology from now until Sunday 31 July.

Historic England is a partner in the festival and our blog this week tells the stories of six astounding archaeological finds that came about through dramatic environmental change.

Sunset view of timber circle at Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
    • The timber circle at Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
      © Historic England J990152

Your Contributions to The List

A big thank you to the members of the public who have contributed these great photos and insights to The List of protected historic places. Click each photo to enlarge and find out more about each place and contribution.

I am London

We're celebrating London's unique and complex identity in our free exhibition 'I am London', open until Sunday 4 September. Don't miss this snapshot of London in a microcosm, portrayed through its people and the historic places they love.

The Heritage List

Explore England's historic places. Find out what makes them important and why they're protected by listing.


Acoustic multibeam image of the U-8 submarine

Oldest German U-Boat and Earliest U-Boat Casualty of the First World War Protected

21 July 2016

U-8, the first victim of the Royal Navy's Dover Patrol sunk in English territorial waters in the First World War, given protection as a Protected Historic Wreck site.

Get Involved

When it comes to historic places, England is full of treasures. People up and down the country look after them. There are lots of ways you can join in, from researching the history of the WWI Home Front to becoming an archive detective.

The Historic England Archive

Discover more about the historic buildings, social history and archaeology of your local area. Explore photographs, drawings and plans from the 1850s to the present day.