View of the Priddy Nine Barrows, Priddy, Wells, Somerset.
    • View of the Priddy Nine Barrows, Priddy, Wells, Somerset. Recorded as part of a research project to enhance the understanding and protection of the Mendip Hills.
      © Historic England, James O. Davies.

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We carry out and fund high-quality applied research to support the protection and management of the historic environment. Here you can find out about our current programme of research at Historic England and the principles and methods that underpin it. 

Our programme is wide-ranging and both national and local in scope, with projects that highlight new discoveries and provide greater understanding and enjoyment of our historic places. The results of our research are also described here.

  • Two women with camera and clipboard carrying out a rapid survey of Peckham High Street, South London.

    Research Approaches

    Here we set out the broad principles that guide Historic England’s research programme and the different methods we use.

  • A stained glass window in the Church of St Laurence, East Harptree, depicting a First World War soldier leaving home.

    Current Research

    Find out about Historic England's current research programme.

  • Detail image decorative iron roof strut from Ditherington flax mill

    Research Results

    Find out how to access the results of our extensive research programme.

  • View across the coast near Tintagel

    Support & Collaboration

    Find out about the support and funding that we provide to those carrying out research into the historic environment.

  • Main block view from south, Museum Of Rural Life, Gressenhall, Norfolk, formerly the Union Workhouse, showing the driveway and lawn leading to the main building.

    Inclusive Heritage

    You can explore how important aspects of our past, such as attitudes towards disability, are reflected in the buildings of our towns and cities.