About HistBEKE

HistBEKE was a flagship University of Liverpool project to develop a national knowledge exchange framework and research agenda for the built historic environment in England. This collaborative, multi-disciplinary project was based within the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, and was commissioned in 2017 by Historic England, funded through Heritage Protection Commissions.

Key project aims:

  • Enhance decision-making processes through wider access to current knowledge
  • Set an agenda for further knowledge enhancement to enable more effective management and decision-making
  • Establish a sustainable and collaborative network to maintain the framework into the future

The project involved a review of current literature and wide-ranging consultation with the sector, including two surveys, seven roundtable discussion groups and a seminar day.

The outputs of the project were a Recommendations Report, which forms the basis of these pages, and a classified bibliography, also available on these pages.

The Recommendations are intended to enable the creation of an initial research framework and to inform further discussion between Historic England and proposed partners to establish a sustainable network to develop the resource and maintain it into the future.

In summary, the project found that the sector would welcome a research framework to support research, facilitate knowledge exchange, and demonstrate the impact of research. The framework should be a dynamic online resource, capable of regular update and directly responsive to sectoral needs.

The views expressed in these pages are those of the commissioned authors and are based upon their research. The report does not necessarily reflect the views of Historic England.