Caring for Rural Heritage

Here you can find a range of advice to support you in caring for rural heritage. The resources available here include links to Historic England's research into rural heritage and guidance on managing change to this heritage at both landscape level and at the level of individual buildings or sites such as farmsteads. You can also find out about funding and other forms of support for rural heritage.

Protecting rural heritage

Support and funding

Research and techniques

Our research explores new ways of appreciating and understanding the rural historic environment and informs the ways we manage change to rural buildings and landscapes.

  • Farmsteads Character

    A series of reports to help understand the local character of farmsteads in England.

  • Rural Buildings Research

    Read about our recent research which assesses the character and significance of rural buildings across England’s countryside.

  • Historic Characterisation

    Revealing the patterns and connections within a landscape, spatially and through time, for example in relation to buildings and patterns (of fields, streets and routeways).

  • Atlas of Rural Settlement

    A downloadable spatial data of 19th century settlements and terrain in England based on the Atlas of Rural Settlement.

  • Development and Land Use

    Historic England research into how land use and development can affect the historic environment.

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