Resources from Historic England

Historic England have provided the Urban Rooms Network with the following information and list of available resources, which may be useful to urban rooms across the country:

Heritage guidance and information from Historic England

Historic England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment.

They operate from nine local offices around England.  Online they provide a wealth of resources which place practitioners will find useful.  Some were originally published under their former name of English Heritage.

These will help you understand the places you work in, value their distinctive character and identity, and capitalise on it for their future.

Understanding places

The National Heritage List for England is the only official and up to date database of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites in England.

Heritage Gateway provides access to over 60 further local and national information resources on England’s heritage.

Heritage Explorer provides images and curriculum resources for teachers and students of all Key Stages.

Records from the past

The Historic England Archive has over 1 million photographs, plans and drawings of historic sites from 1850 to the present day.

Britain from Above presents the of Aeroflms collection of aerial photographs taken between 1919 and 2006.

Images of England is a ‘point in time’ photographic library of England’s listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century.

Planning for the future

Building in Context provides principles and case studies for new development in historic areas.

Placecheck is a simple method which enables anyone to take the first steps in making their area better

Streets for All is a long-standing campaign to improve streets so that they become places people want to be.

Historic England’s Neighbourhood Planning guidance provides helpful advice for any group planning the future of their place.

As Heritage Action Zones historic places can get Historic England’s help for sustainable economic development.

Growing your knowledge

Expanding the Neighbourhood Plan evidence base explores the heritage sources available to neighbourhood groups

Local heritage listing shows how councils and communities can ensure planning decisions take account of local character

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