7 Things you may not know about Listing

The List (of England’s heritage assets) is full of wonderful examples of our creativity, innovation and humour.Read more

7 Decades of Listing

The List is a veritable treasure trove of the nation’s history. From country homes to tomb stones, clock towers to rollercoasters, pie shops to piers. Read more

7 Iconic Bridges of England

Today, the Humber Bridge in Hull has been listed Grade I. Here we take a look at 7 listed bridges in England.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

A Brief Introduction to Women Architects

Women have always influenced domestic design through their involvement with homes, schools, hospitals and gardens, but it wasn’t until 1898 that the first female architect Ethel Charles was admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Our brief tour through a handful of listed buildings shows that women have been influencing English architecture for over 400 years.Read more

Remembering the Battle of Waterloo

Today marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. Arguably the most renowned pitched battle in history, this bloody engagement took place on the outskirts of Brussels.Read more

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

New Highlights from the National Heritage List

David Garrard and Esther Godfrey are designation advisers at English Heritage, where their daily work involves advising the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on buildings and sites being considered for listing, scheduling and other forms of statutory protection. They are joint editors of the Designation Yearbook 2012-13. ‘So, what do you do at English Heritage?’ ‘I’m one of the people who help decide which buildings should be listed.’ ‘Oh… There can’t be many left to list, can there?’ If youRead more

Ultrasonic Thickness Testing: devising new ways to manage marine heritage

English Heritage has over a decade of experience in the management of shipwreck sites. This experience is largely based on managing change to the remains of sunken wooden warships – we’ve recently published guidance on the management of pre-1950 ships and boats.). However, in order to begin to understand the management requirements of metal-hulled vessels, an initial programme of research, ultrasonic investigation and analysis on the remains of two protected early submarines (the Holland No. 5 and A1) began off theRead more