Summer 2017 Survey Launched!

The HistBEKE project, in case you haven’t had chance to read our previous blog post, has been set up to try and help everyone who works with the historic built environment to increase their knowledge and understanding of the assets that they work with. The objective of the project is to create a research framework for the historic built environment which aims to:

  • 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

To help us to do this, we’ve prepared a short online survey which is completely anonymous and should take just a few minutes to complete. Please click on the following link, or copy and paste it into your browser, to take part:

The survey is open until the 25th of August 2017.


Why an online survey?

In order to create a sustainable research framework for the built environment in England, we firstly need to identify existing awareness, perceptions and use of research frameworks (including obstacles to their use) and what topics you think require further research.

The objectives of this survey, therefore, are to:

  • identify levels of awareness of research frameworks within the built historic environment sector
  • discover how research frameworks are used within the built historic environment sector
  • identify themes and topics for discussion at workshops
  • identify any areas commonly identified by the sector as under-researched
  • discover areas of research / projects currently being undertaken
  • begin to understand how a research framework could be used within, and provide benefits to, the built historic environment sector

A survey seemed the easiest way for us to gather comparable information from as many people as possible and to ensure that information would be anonymous and available for future reuse (see upcoming blog post by Dr Alex Buchanan). The technology offered by the survey software will also enable us to analyse the findings and show some useful graphical representations of the results at the focus group meetings.


What else are we doing?

The results of the survey will help us to define the themes and topics for discussion at regional workshops that we’ll be running in the Autumn. These workshops will allow us to discuss in more detail what the framework might include and how it could work. Further details will be posted on this blog once they have been arranged, but in the meantime, please let Stella Jackson ( know if you would like to attend one of them, or click here to sign up to our mailing list.

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