How to do… archaeological conservation

An archaeological excavation can result in a huge amount of artefacts being excavated. But what does conservation involve?Read more

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

I’m sorry but what is a conservation area?

There are more than 10,000 conservation areas in England. With 59% being rural and 41% urban – there’s a lot of variety.Read more

The First Conservation Area

This month marks 50 years of conservation areas in England, and the biggest birthday party of all is in Stamford, Lincolnshire.Read more

Women in Science: 10 minutes with an Archaeological Conservator

Ahead of Heritage Open Days, we speak to two Archaeological Conservators about their favourite finds and what got them interested in archaeological objects.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

8 Historic London Shopfronts

London streets are lined with colourful shops, clamouring for our attention. Many are of considerable age, and have survived for our enjoyment only through careful maintenance by generations of shopkeepers. Kathryn Morrison, Head of Historic Places Investigation, selects eight shopfronts that can be appreciated by anyone strolling along the pavements of London, and offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history as one of the world’s most exciting shopping centres. Presented chronologically, these shopfronts show how our shopping streets haveRead more

5 Memorials that Chart Life and Loss in the First World War

There are few towns or villages in Britain that do not have a public memorial to commemorate those who died in the First World War; a sobering testament to the scale of the loss involved in the conflict. In Britain, around six million men were mobilised, and of those just over 700,000, or 11.5%, were killed. Over half a million men who served in the British army have no known graves. There are more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. TheyRead more

Not so run of the mill:  8 inspired converted mills in West Yorkshire

The textile mills of West Yorkshire were the original Northern Powerhouses at the centre of the Industrial Revolution.  These impressive structures still shape the rural and urban landscapes of the region but they are taking on new roles as desirable homes, offices, funky bars and chic restaurants and even an NHS Centre for Outpatients (at Acre Mills, Huddersfield). Many of these amazing places have been successfully and creatively adapted but more remain underused and awaiting a new purpose.  We haveRead more