About Case Studies

The HELM website is visited by over 350,000 users every year. These range from government ministers, politicians, senior council officers and professionals of all types, to members of the public. Case studies are an excellent opportunity for organisations to showcase their work to a wider audience.

HELM Website Case Studies


HELM is collecting Case Studies from throughout England to demonstrate the benefits of good decision making in the historic environment. These are local stories which put theory into practice and show real results with positive benefits.  Case studies can inspire innovative solutions, disseminate ideas, share best practice and keep people informed of initiatives in their area.

Case studies should promote:

  • The positive benefits the historic environment can bring - economic, social, educational, spiritual and amenity values
  • Projects that deliver social, economic and historic environment benefits in equal measure
  • Stakeholder consultation and wider community participation
  • Partnership working and funding opportunities
  • Proper understanding of the historic environment, new techniques and good records management
  • Better standards in asset management and practice
  • Faster and better planning decisions
  • Seeking advice and skills - properly consulted historic environment services
  • Good management and leadership for heritage issues
  • Adequate and joined up policy to ensure the historic environment is taken into account
  • Good design in historically sensitive contexts


We aim to have at least one case study for every local authority. These cover all aspects of the historic environment and a range of themes, from regeneration and characterisation, to design in context and informed conservation (a full list of topics is on the form).


Case studies will be showcased on the HELM website as examples of good practice, where they can be searched by particular topics and administrative areas. They may be used to illustrate new guidance and presentations. Written permission is obtained from the individual/ organisation first and copyright is displayed in all instances. You can request for your case study to be removed at any time.


If you wish to submit a case study please fill in the form located in the right-hand column or . Each case study submission is discussed with the relevant English Heritage region and they are regularly reviewed to ensure information is up-to-date. We welcome any recommendations and comments regarding the case studies and website. We hope that it will continue to be a useful resource and thank you for taking the time to fill in the form.


Case studies from a variety of sources are intended to illustrate good practice in the historic environment. However, they do not necessarily represent English Heritage recommended best practice. While English heritage hopes they will provide a valuable resource, English Heritage cannot accept responsibility for any issues arising in connection with the use of the case studies.

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