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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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  • Archaeologists surveying the ruins of a castle.

    Introduction Issue 8

    Introduction to Issue 8 of Historic England's Latest Research section, incorporating Historic England Research digital magazine.

  • Digital terrain model of Warton Crag site, Lancashire.

    Surveying Warton Crag

    Recent Historic England lidar and field survey of Warton Crag Hiltop enclosure in Lancashire offers a possible reinterpretation of the site.

  • Photograph of the tower at Snodhill Castle.

    Revealing Snodhill Castle

    Historic England researchers have revealed new evidence about a significant border castle in Herfordshire

  • Aerial view of Framlingham Castle, Suffolk

    Framlingham's Historic Workshouse

    Framlingham's workhouse is is a unique embodiment of Poor Law history, standing within the inner bailey of the famous Suffolk castle.

  • Exterior of a Georgian House in Nottingham.

    Enhancing Nottingham's Local list

    Increasing coverage to support the protection of Nottingham’s heritage.

  • Detail of a tracery screen within a major parish church.

    Major Parish Churches

    Research identifies the depth of the issues facing a major parish churches, a distinctive type of church building.

  • Thermal Image of the ground floor drawing room at Eltham Palace showing the heating coils concealed in ceiling.

    Thermography in Historic Buildings

    Infrared thermography can provide invaluable information about historic buildings without intrusive investigation.

  • diver with a cannont that is buried upstanding in the seabed

    Working on the Edge

    Our changing perceptions of the wreck of HMS Colossus.

  • An aerial view of East Porth, Teän.

    The Past as the Key to the Future

    Examining past changing sea levels in the Scilly Isles, showing how studying the past can help us to predict future environmental changes.

  • Archaeologists excavating at Mucking on the edge of a quarry during the 1970s.

    Writing Mucking

    Preparing a major 1960s archaeological excavation at Mucking, Essex, for publication.

  • 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 over 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.

  • A reconstruction drawing of a group of Neanderthals butchering a mammoth

    Why the Old Stone Age Still Matters

    Exploring the importance of evidence for early human activity in Britain

  • Detail of a clay pipe decorated to promote the abolition of the slave trade.

    The National Pipe Archive

    Historic England funding enables online access to digital resources and guidance notes from the National Pipe Archive.

  • Aerial photograph of a damaged historic bridge.

    Research is Enriching the List

    Find out how Historic England research is enriching the National Heritage List for England- and how you can help too.