English Heritage

English Heritage is the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment. Officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, English Heritage manages and protects many important archaeological sites across England.

Objective 1 (Theme 1)

Foster research

  • English Building Stone Pits (EBSPits) national database
    EH commissioned BGS to expand its BRITPITS database to accommodate the first national repository of data on building stone resources and the stone built heritage of England through a freely available unique database called English Building Stone Pits (EBSPits). The EBSPits national database will offer long-term assistance to Mineral Planning Authorities aiming to safeguard important sources, to be used in consideration with professional advice from experts in the stone conservation field, when undertaking specific stone conservation or new build projects.

Objective 3 (Theme 2)

Demonstrate relevance to sustainable development

  • Strategic Stone Study
    The Strategic Stone Study (SSS), in partnership with the BGS, was set up in response to a report to CLG on the ‘Planning for the Supply of Natural Building and Roofing Stone in England and Wales’. The SSS is aiming to increase the recognition of valuable building stone assets in active and disued quarries in LDPs to prevent sterilisation of potentially finite buidling/conservation resources.

  • English Building Stone Pits (EBSPits) national database
    EH commissioned BGS to expand its BRITPITS database to accommodate the first national repository of data on building stone resources and the stone built heritage of England through a freely available unique database called English Building Stone Pits (EBSPits). The EBSPits national database will offer long-term assistance to Mineral Planning Authorities aiming to safeguard important sources, to be used in consideration with professional advice from experts in the stone conservation field, when undertaking specific stone conservation or new build projects.

Objective 4 (Theme 2)

Advocate design that enhances

  • Strategic Stone Study
    The Strategic Stone Study (SSS), in partnership with the BGS, was set up in response to a report to CLG on the ‘Planning for the Supply of Natural Building and Roofing Stone in England and Wales’. The SSS is aiming to increase the recognition of valuable building stone assets in active and disued quarries in LDPs to prevent sterilisation of potentially finite buidling/conservation resources.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • English Building Stone Pits (EBSPits) national database
    EH commissioned BGS to expand its BRITPITS database to accommodate the first national repository of data on building stone resources and the stone built heritage of England through a freely available unique database called English Building Stone Pits (EBSPits). The EBSPits national database will offer long-term assistance to Mineral Planning Authorities aiming to safeguard important sources, to be used in consideration with professional advice from experts in the stone conservation field, when undertaking specific stone conservation or new build projects.

  • Funding of geodiversity-related research projects
    EH has commissioned numerous studies investigating the links between mineral extraction and archaeology, which frequently involve detailed assessments of superficial deposits and soils. For example, the “Magnesian Limestone in South and West Yorkshire National Mapping Programme” project was devised to provide a better overall understanding of the nature, distribution and chronology of the archaeology of the aggregate yielding geology of the project area in order that its results might be used toward providing a more focussed, meaningful and consistent approach in the archaeological requirements for mitigating the impact of the aggregates industry in the future.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • Strategic Stone Study
    The Strategic Stone Study (SSS), in partnership with the BGS, was set up in response to a report to CLG on the ‘Planning for the Supply of Natural Building and Roofing Stone in England and Wales’. The SSS is aiming to increase the recognition of valuable building stone assets in active and disued quarries in LDPs to prevent sterilisation of potentially finite buidling/conservation resources.

  • Guidance Booklet: Identifying and Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair
    Identifying and Sourcing Stone for Historic Building Repair - An approach to determining and obtaining compatible replacement stone: Technical advice note. Guidance for architects, surveyors, engineers, building managers, contractors, conservation officers and owners on the best way of identifying and sourcing stone for the repair of historic buildings and monuments. Along with advice on the practicalities of identifying and finding appropriate stone, the booklet includes detailed guidance on the technical criteria (including petrography, chemical characteristics, appearance, geological age, porosity and compressive strength) which should be applied in making a choice.

Objective 10 (Theme 5)

Use the arts to involve people

  • Connecting London’s historic landscapes with geodiversity
    Working alongside Natural England and the London Parks & Green Spaces Forum, identifying how best to engage with site managers and use available funding to maintain and restore the character of London’s historic landscape. The Parks & Gardens and Geodiversity project with NE is exploring the links between designed landscapes and geodiversity: looking at the use of existing geological and geomorphological features in landscape design and to explore the reasons behind the design of landscape around geology (i.e. to add drama / authenticity / educational purposes).

Objective 13 (Theme 6)

Increase financial support

  • Funding of geodiversity-related research projects
    EH has commissioned numerous studies investigating the links between mineral extraction and archaeology, which frequently involve detailed assessments of superficial deposits and soils. For example, the “Magnesian Limestone in South and West Yorkshire National Mapping Programme” project was devised to provide a better overall understanding of the nature, distribution and chronology of the archaeology of the aggregate yielding geology of the project area in order that its results might be used toward providing a more focussed, meaningful and consistent approach in the archaeological requirements for mitigating the impact of the aggregates industry in the future.