Reclaration: the new heritage

Beneath London’s Southbank Centre, a landmark brutalist monument, lies a completely different kind of heritage.Read more

Our most loved churches

There is plenty to see and much history to be discovered when visiting any of the 42,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK.Read more

7 Remarkable Survivals from the Festival of Britain

The Festival of Britain showcased science, technology, architecture and the arts in venues across the country. Much was dismantled at the end – but there are some remarkable remnants.Read more

Fashionable Fakery: 8 Fantastical Follies

Follies litter our 18th century landscapes, representing the humour and eccentricity of the financier. Here we take a look at 8 fantastical features.Read more

The Making of the North: 6 New Uses for Magnificent Mills

Mills are a huge part of northern history, but many are lying vacant and under threat. Here we look at 6 examples of new uses for mills in the North West.Read more

A Changing Climate: Water, Flooding and Historic Buildings

Water. We can’t live without it. Throughout history living near water has been important for almost every aspect of human life and for the resources and raw materials that rivers, lakes, wetlands and the sea provide. But living in close proximity to water is not without its challenges. In 2009 The Environment Agency estimated that 1 in 6 properties in England (5.2 million) were at risk of flooding.  There are 1.8 million people currently living in areas at significant riskRead more

The Hidden History of Apethorpe

The great country house of Apethorpe in Northamptonshire was sadly dilapidated in 2004, when English Heritage (now Historic England) began a programme of urgent repairs. As work progressed, many exciting discoveries were made underneath floorboards, behind modern wall surfaces, inside ancient roofs, or hiding in plain sight. Every single finding, no matter how small, deepened our understanding of the property and its illustrious owners.Read more

Ballooning in Bowler Hats: Early Images From Victorian Skies

We have recently acquired the earliest surviving aerial images of England, discovered last year at a car boot sale. They were taken between 1882 and 1892 from a balloon by photographer and balloonistRead more

A Brief Introduction to Boston: the Making of a Market Town

Boston, Lincolnshire, didn’t just give its name to Boston, Massachusetts in the USA: many of its most prominent citizens actually left to become leaders in the new settlement.Read more