10 of England’s Best Post-War Pubs

More public houses were built in the years 1945-1985 than in any other period in English history, yet pubs of these years are now highly threatened.Read more

9 places that tell the story of the Royal Air Force

Some of our most important listed structures help to illustrate the key achievements of the RAF during the twentieth century. Read more

6 Evocative Literary Locations

Many authors and the characters they created have lived in and loved England, evoking streetscapes, landscapes and buildings throughout their work.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

6 Spectacular Swimming Pools

England is a nation of swimmers: we make around 80 million visits to swimming pools every year. The 1930s were the ‘Golden Age’ of lidos, with over 150 built, and another flurry of swimming pool construction came in the aftermath of the Second World War.Read more

Top Tips for Maintaining Your Listed Building

We take a look at 5 top tips for planning the maintenance and repair of your listed property.Read more

8 Reasons to Love Historic Manchester

Famed for its industrial output, pioneering political movements and musical exports, Manchester’s rich heritage is of national importance, recognised worldwide. Here we celebrate 8 places that tell the story of Manchester’s history. 1. Manchester was commended by a US President You may wonder how a 4 metre high statue of ‘Honest Abe’ Lincoln found its way to Brazennoze Street in central Manchester. The origins of the statue go back to the 19th century, when Manchester was one of the biggestRead more

How to do… Buildings Archaeology

Buildings: we live and work in them, use them and ignore them. But are they wallpaper to you or are you fascinated by them, their design and their history? We can all enjoy buildings more with an archaeological approach and here are some tips on how to interpret, analyse and record them. You’ll soon know your crucks from your plinths… Written by Lucy Jessop, Senior Investigator, Historic England. Header Image: Avon Mills, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. 1. Investigation We look closely at buildingsRead more

England’s Hidden Space Heritage

English astronaut Tim Peake began his 171 day stay on the International Space Station last December.Read more