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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.

  • View through trees to the entrance of a burial ground.

    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.

  • Bronze Age piles preserved within the river silts and collapsed structural timbers

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