This is the official website of the archaeological service of Hampshire County Council. It provides access to the Archaeology and Historic Buildings Record, a searchable database of all listed monuments in Hampshire. Data from the Farm Environment Plan is also provided on a separate page. This website may be useful to anybody interested in the archaeology of Hampshire at all levels.
This is the official website of the "Portuguese Association of the Castle’s Friends" that promotes the study and preservation of castles in Portugal and Europe. The website contains information on the association, its activities and membership and is available in Portuguese; English, French and Spanish. The Portuguese version publishes more information and is reviewed here. Section "Património" contains a useful illustrated catalogue of Portuguese castles (accessible by clicking on "Inventário"). The educational section is quite interesting for the many activities proposed, most of these are exhibitions in Portugal, but there are some details and pictures enabling teachers around the world to be inspired and recreate a "medieval banquet" as well as many other scenes of castle life. There is an area reserved to the members, who can download copies of the news bulletin in PDF format. There is a forum to discuss anything related to the association and castles. News on relevant conferences and activities supported by the association are regularly published. At the time of review some contents were not yet published, and it is hoped that new sections will become accessible and the translations made available. This website may be useful to researchers of medieval archaeology, especially if interested on castles. School teachers may also find some useful information here, even if they do not plan to visit Portugal.
This is the website of the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA), which is a British national organisation for those who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting Britain's industrial heritage. The Association also monitors applications to alter or demolish industrial sites or buildings. The website provides information about the Association's work; membership; links to relevant online resources; and lists of associated organisations.
The Build Heritage section of the Environment and Heritage Service website presents information on both Historic Buildings and Historic Monuments in Northern Ireland as well as giving information on the Monuments and Buildings Record. The Historic Monuments section covers state care of monuments, scheduled monuments, archaeological objects, Treasure, excavation, maritime heritage and defence heritage. Each section contains detailed information and links to interesting resources, i.e. "Excavations" has a link to the draft publication of Deer Park Farms. The Historic Buildings section includes Listed buildings as well as information on grants, advice and buildings at risk. The Monuments and Buildings record holds the NI Buildings database and the NI Sites and Monuments database which are searchable online, and information on visiting the Record Offices. There are also sections on legislation as applied to the built heritage and an events link.
Cadw, 'the official guardian of the built heritage of Wales', is the Welsh Assembly's historic environment division and is responsible for protecting, conserving and promoting a numerous and diverse range of sites. This attractive and well laid out website includes extensive information on Welsh monuments, buildings, parks, gardens, landscapes and underwater archaeology. The places to visit section includes a map with links to descriptions and images of historic sites. There are details of opening hours, admission prices and an events programme. The learning and discovery pages include information on castles through history, including those of the Welsh princes and of Edward I, with detailed information on specific sites and resources for teachers. Owners of historic properties can access advice about listed building status and securing grants. The legislation section details laws relating to heritage protection and guidance on access and listing. Cadw has many guides and publications, some of which can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf file, although others can only be purchased in hard copy. The site is also available in Welsh.
This is the website for the Castle Studies Group (CSG), the association of professional and amateur historians and archaeologists. The site is an excellent starting point for getting up-to-date information on the state of research into castles mainly in the UK and Ireland. The CSG aims to promote the study of castles, particularly as evidence for both the military and non-military aspects of medieval society. Since 1995, it has published an annual newsletter, bulletin or journal, together with an exceptional bibliography of international castle studies compiled by Dr John Kenyon (National Museum of Wales, Cardiff). The most recent bulletins, journal articles, newsletters and bibliographies from 2004 can be downloaded free of charge as PDF files. Publications may also be bought by mail order while stocks last. Information about the organisation's forthcoming book publications is also available from the website. The events section includes information about the CSG's annual conference and also about related conferences and study tours. A search facility is available from the home page.
The website of the "Centro Regionale per la Progettazione e il Restauro" of Palermo publishes information about this Sicilian centre for the restoration of monuments; a list of publications by members of staff; information on the most recent projects; progress toward the production of a "carta del rischio" (map of endangered monuments); the CRPR/InForma journal, with illustrated articles, academic papers, news and reviews, available as PDF files, and a mailing list. Several articles in the journal and in the "progetti" section present restoration techniques used on organic and inorganic materials that have been applied to archaeological and architectural materials as well as paintings, mosaics statues and other artistic works. A substantial section focuses on the restoration works at Piazza Armerina, including the results of geophysical, archaeobotanical and stratigraphic (from test pits) analyses carried out during such works. Among the topics explored in papers and articles (all in Italian) are: the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina; the Naskhi slabs at Palazzo Abatellis; geological study of rocks used in Sicilian monuments; biotechnologies applied to restoration of organic materials; dendrochronology applied to trees in historical landscapes; the restoration of musical instruments; palinology at Phoenician Motya; restoration of paintings by Antonello da Messina and Caravaggio; X-rays and paintings; conservation of metallic artefacts.
The website "Croness Pumping Station" is published by the Crossness Engines Trust, and is part of the National Grid for Learning. The site covers the history of the Crossness Pumping station, built in 1865 by Joseph Bazalgette as part of London's new drainage system. There is a sizeable section on the pumping station's history, taken from Ian G. Hampson's 'A popular history of Crossness'. This covers the building and it's engines, as well as including a biography of Joseph Bazalgette, and information on the state of London's sanitation and public health in the Victorian age. There is also information about the Trust and it's work to restore Crossness since the 1980s.
The Future of Stonehenge website gives information about the public consultation that took place in October 2008 to discuss improvements that could be made to this World Heritage Site. A visitor to the website can find out more about Stonehenge, and download pdf documents of the public consultation booklet and the management plans. The proposals cover environmental improvements around the stones and new visitor facilities. Because the consultation booklet was designed to make the issues about making improvements to Stonehenge clear to everybody, it is a good starting point for anybody wishing to learn more about works to World Heritage Sites - the level of sensitivity required and the complications that come with having to meet the criteria of various institutions, whilst spending within the budget taken from public funds. The booklet discusses how the public will be able to use the site in the future, changes to the road system near to the site, and possible locations for the new visitor centre. The report contains many beautiful aerial photographs.
This website, from the Heritage Gateway, provides an excellent amount of information on England's local and rural history. The website aims to aims to build a gateway to "England's local and national historic environment records" by providing online access to information about, for example, listed buildings, English and England's archaeological history, and guides to works currently being undertaken by English archaeologists. This simple-to-use website can be searched by various different methods (including, but not limited to: county, district and parish lists; country, district and parish keywords; types of building; famous people/residents; and particular time periods). The information provided on each entry is very detailed, and includes a wide range of material from post code information, to brief historical synopses. This website will provide to be a fantastic resource for those interested in England's history in general and, more specifically, those with an interest in England's architectural history.
The Kampuchea Country of Legend website contains an image database of temples in Cambodia compiled by enthusiast David MacCartney. There are also some descriptions of the temples but they are often only in French. By clicking on the temple thumbnails, a site visitor can access maps, photographs, and sometimes the relevant Google satellite aerial photograph. Also on this website, history of Cambodia, current cultural information, and descriptions of the Angkor religion can be found in French and English. Angkor Wat, probably the most famous Cambodian temple complex, built in the early 12th century, is a unique combination of two common Khmer architecture temple styles: the temple mountain and the galleried temple. The temple has many levels: the higher the level, the more exclusive.
This webpage presents a summary of investigations carried out by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust on a field barn conversion. What had appeared to be a cow house of little historical interest proved to have been built in the 16th century as a substantial three bayed storied house. The building was modified in the 17th century and in the 19th century its status was reduced to a barn. Excavations in the floor of the building revealed a number of drains associated with the building and recovered a quantity of ceramic and glass artefacts. The results are illustrated by photographs and a drawn elevation of a cross frame of the building. This page is one of the project reports presented on the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust website and is also available in Welsh.
This is the website of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA), a registered charity, which has been working since 1991 to raise awareness among the public and the authorities of the rich heritage of monumental art of Britain from all periods by encouraging cooperation among concerned individuals and supporting conservation and education projects. The society founded the National Recording Project (NRP) to catalogue every piece of public sculpture in the British Isles, including architectural decoration, and to create both a permanant digital archive and a series of regional monographs (the Public Sculpture of Britain series published by Liverpool University Press). The online database contains thousands of entries (many with photographs) of notable public sculpture arranged by region with a user friendly selection of images on the main PMSA page. The resource includes a selection of the various projects supported by the society (including the production of a handbook for the use individuals and groups responsible for the preservation not just of sculptures but archives and studio remains of artists). The Save our Sculpture initiative uses a series of regional cases studies to highlight the constant threat to the sculptural heritage of towns and cities around Britain and encourages local individuals and groups to get involved in the conservation movement. The website also provides membership details and information about society events. There are also links to the websites of other public art organisations. This resource will benefit art and architectural historians as well as archaeologists and social historians interested in the relationship between monuments and public memory. Images from the resource are additionally deposited with the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS).
This is the website of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), which surveys and records the built heritage of Scotland and makes this information available to the public through the Collections of the National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS). The site provides information relating to recent or forthcoming research, exhibitions, or other projects connected with the historic sites and buildings of Scotland. The NMRS, named 'Canmore' contains bibliographic details of images and manuscripts relating to each of the sites on the National Record. The materials referred to are generally not available over the Internet, and must be viewed in person at the appropriate record offices. Registration is required in order to search the database. The format of the search output is: NMRS number; name of site; type of site; council covering the site; whether the site is scheduled or listed; and references to materials relating to the site. The search form for the database allows several search combinations, making it easy to quickly locate the appropriate references for whatever research is being conducted. The RCAHMS website also links to PASTMAP, an interactive site for displaying and searching data on Scotland's built environment, particularly legally protected places such as ancient monuments and listed buildings. The website also contains an online shop, news service, and a showcase that gives more information about recent publications. In addition, an educational service is provided, as are lists of links to other sites concerned with Scottish culture.
This is the website for St Peter's Project Barton-upon-Humber. St Peter's Church, Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, lies on the south bank of the Humber Estuary close to the Humber Bridge. Held as one of the most architecturally important churches in Britain, containing examples of Anglo-Saxon and Saxo-Norman overlap architecture, it has been subject to several archaeological excavations from the late 19th Century to the most recent between 1978 and 1984. Details of the excavations are presented with illustrations, and their results have enabled the construction of a full chronology of the structural developments of the church between c.970 AD and 1897 AD. Much of the text included is from "The Parish Church and its Community" written by Caroline Atkins, Hilary Cool and Warwick Rodwell. At the time of review some links were not working and some pages were missing.
This website publishes the full-text of English Heritage's State of the Historic Environment Report since 2002, when the first ever national audit of the state of the historic environment in England was carried out. The reports have been produced by English Heritage on behalf of the historic environment sector in association with a large number of organisations on the Historic Environment Review Steering Group. The resource consists of a series of PDF documents of the reports (at the time of review the ports of years 2002-2005 were available). This resource will benefit not merely those working in the heritage, planning and tourism sectors but will also interest undergraduates and researchers in archaeology, architectural history and related areas, or indeed the general public (including voluntary conservation groups) who are concerned with the protection of the historic environment.
Here is outlined the first report, dated 2002. 'Historic environment assets' defines both the purpose of the document and the nature of the historic environment itself, providing a wide-ranging review of legislation and procedures for the management and protection of historical and archaeological sites, including a description of the range of heritage sites at risk. Further sections outline the need to balance the need for financially sustainable policies in the heritage management sector against the significant contribution the historic environment makes to the economy, especially in the form of tourism. 'Outreach, knowledge and access' emphasises the importance of involving the general public in heritage management, especially in the form of education programmes aimed at all age-groups in society. The Annex provides a very detailed guide to national, regional and local institutions responsible for the management of the historic environment as well as outlining the financial and other resources available for this purpose.
The UNESCO World Heritage list contains over 850 sites, monuments and areas of archaeological, historical and environmental interest which are deemed to be of global significance. This is the official website of the list which provides basic information on each entry together with photographs, grid references and conservation reports on each monument or place as well and which outlines the criteria required for inclusion in the list. The list is arranged alphabetically by country, 141 at the time of review, and links take you to the relevant UNESCO session documents. The photographs can be viewed as thumbnails or at a larger screen-size scale. Many of the entries have hyperlinks to partner organisations or tourist websites in each country which provide additional documentation for the heritage sites. The list is also available in French and Spanish and can be read with our without frames. Apart from the substantive information on UNESCO World Heritage sites, which will interest a wide audience, both amateur and professional, this concise but highly useful resource also provides insights into the politics and practice of heritage management on a world scale.
This is the website of the Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG). A registered charity, the Vernacular Architecture Group was formed in 1952 to further the study of traditional buildings. The website provides information about the activities of the group, including a list of past conference venues and themes. The organisation's annual journal 'Vernacular Architecture' is introduced and there are a number of sample articles available. The VAG maintains three databases, which are hosted by the Archaeological Data Service (ADS): VAG Bibliography; Dendrochronology Database; and Cruck Database. Information and links to the databases are provided on the website.