Women Celebrated by Registered Parks and Gardens

Carrie Cowan is an archaeologist in the Designation Department. She took a diploma in Garden History at Birkbeck University and is especially interested in researching and designating gardens on English Heritage’s Register of Parks and Gardens, now on the National Heritage List for England.  The women celebrated by Registered Parks and Gardens project gave me a chance to tell the story of gardens through women as opposed to the usual male-dominated names of garden history – designers such as Humphry ReptonRead more

English seaside resorts through the Aerofilms lens

Regina Papachlimitzou is the Activity Team Support Officer for Britain from Above. The project is a four year Heritage Lottery Fund supported project run by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland and Wales, and involves the conservation, digitisation and cataloguing of 95,000 negatives from the Aerofilms collection.  Click on images for a larger view – the original (even larger) images can be seen on the Britain from Above website.  Stranded in the waterRead more

Uncovering England’s Shipwrecks

Serena Cant works as the specialist maritime data officer, maintaining a database of over 37,000 wrecks to help inform English Heritage’s designation strategy on historic wrecks. As well as updating records with the results of professional archaeological assessments, she writes extensively on maritime heritage and also deals with public enquiries. Here she explains some recent exciting discoveries which have come to light following contact from members of the public.   I’m passionate about what I do: shipwrecks illuminate so many differentRead more

Finding your home’s history: Part II

Last month’s Finding Your Home’s History proved to be very popular among our readers. So much so that our Cataloguing Team Leader Kate Bevan has agreed to write a total of four installments, each post detailing on how she set about discovering her home’s past. In my last post I began to look at the history of my house in Swindon. By looking at maps of the town from the 19th century, and the title deeds of the house, I found thatRead more