The note states that in certain circumstances there may be a need or desire to reconstruct heritage assets. If this work is to deliver the maximum public benefit it is important to all interested parties, particularly local communities, that such work is very carefully considered, planned and delivered. If this is not done there is risk that the assets will be recreated in a form in which they never existed and which undermines our ability to understand and appreciate our past.
The note adds that it is many years since English Heritage, Historic England’s predecessor, provided guidance on the reconstruction of heritage assets. English Heritage’s Policy Statement on Restoration, Reconstruction, and Speculative Recreation of Archaeological Sites including Ruins was published in 2001. Parts of the statement have been incorporated in more summary form in this advisory note. Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance for the Sustainable Management of the Historic Environment dates from 2008 and it is anticipated that the review of the sections of this document on the related topics of restoration, new work and alteration will be informed by this advisory note on reconstruction. Historic England Advice Note 2 Making Changes to Heritage Assets was published in February 2016. The note contains sections on restoration, additions and alterations, relevant elements of which have been included here, sometimes in slightly modified form to reflect the differences between restoration and reconstruction.
Date: April 2016 Date of publication
Author: Historic England