National Historic Landscape Characterisation (NHLC) Project

exeGesIS Spatial Data Management, Locus Consulting, 2017

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National Historic Landscape Characterisation (NHLC) Project

The National Historic Landscape Characterisation (NHLC) project was initiated by Natural England to develop a single, consistent, baseline historic landscape characterisation dataset for England. At the heart of the NHLC project were a number of objectives, but the main challenges were:

  • To identify the primary use case scenarios for the NHLC and evaluate how these differ from sub-regional Historic Landscape Characterisations (HLCs)
  • To define the nature of the NHLC product that can meet these usage requirements
  • To establish a methodology for producing the NHLC from the sub-regional HLCs and to bring the data into a consistent common framework, structure and terminology, utilising a bespoke thesaurus and experience from previous HLC assimilation exercises
  • To improve the awareness, understanding, appreciation and ability to manage and monitor the historic dimension of England’s landscape at a national scale for both professional and non-professional end-users
  • To develop a useable product through close, constructive liaison between the project team and an advisory Project Board, with wider consultative representation from a Stakeholder Group

The dataset is intended to be used strategically in land management, forward planning and the assessment/monitoring of change, as well as other curatorial and academic roles. These potential uses all accord with the integrated approach to landscape embedded in the European Landscape Convention (ELC). Funding for this project came from the Technical Assistance European funding resource, with the focus on agri-environment schemes and improving land management.