Historic Landscape Characterisation

English Heritage, 2018

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English Heritage (2018) Historic Landscape Characterisation [data-set]. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor] https://doi.org/10.5284/1047634

Introduction to the Programme

The Historic Landscape Characterisation programme is a powerful tool that provides a framework for broadening our understanding of the whole landscape and contributes to decisions affecting tomorrow's landscape. HLC projects produce interactive GIS-based descriptions of the historic dimension - the 'time-depth' - that characterises our rural landscape. HLC work is conducted in line with the European Landscape Convention (ELC), which came into force in 11 ratifying countries on 4 March 2004. It was signed by the UK in February 2006 and ratified on 21 November 2006. It came into force in the UK on 1 March 2007, and Defra has recently published 'A Framework for Implementation in England'. Historic England published its ELC Action Plan in early 2009: European Landscape Convention - The English Heritage Action Plan for Implementation.

National Reviews

Two national reviews of the HLC programme have been carried out. 'Taking Stock of the Method' explores the development of the HLC approach and methodology, and 'Using Historic Landscape Characterisation' looks at the many ways in which HLC is currently used to understand and manage the historic environment, and how these applications are likely to develop in the future. Both reviews are available from the Downloads page.

For more information and resources on the HLC programme, please see the Historic England Understanding Historic Places page.

Related surveys have also been conducted under the Extensive Urban Survey Programme.

Surveys archived with the ADS:

The map (below) highlights HLC surveys that have been deposited with the ADS. Click on any of the coloured areas to access the relevant archive. Areas are indicative of those covered by the surveys but may not represent the actual survey extents.

Map of english counties Greater Manchester Merseyside Colne Valley South Yorkshire Hampshire Cheshire Gloucestershire Somerset and Exmoor East Berkshire Oxford Oxfordshire City of York North Yorkshire Lower Tees Valley Essex Worcestershire Avon Kent East Sussex West Sussex Cornwall Cumbria Peterborough Coventry Birmingham Black Country Northumberland Northamptonshire Shropshire Devon Derbyshire Nottinghamshire Lancashire West Yorkshire Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB Surrey Lincolnshire Wiltshire and Swindon Leicestershire

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