Historic Military Aviation Sites

BookHistoric Military Aviation Sites

Historic Military Aviation Sites

Conservation Guidance

Historic England Guidance


October 19th, 2016





This guidance is intended to promote the appreciation of historic military airfields and their associated buildings, so that their significance is properly recognised and conserved through appropriate management.

It explains how the operational needs and development potential of these sites can be reconciled with the recognition of their special historic, architectural or archaeological significance. It is also intended to assist with the preparation of guidelines, agreements and plans for individual sites.

The guidance is aimed at anyone that has a role in deciding how these sites are used and managed, including owners, their professional advisers, local planning authorities and the relevant statutory agencies. It applies to active military establishments as well as those that have been sold by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and adapted for other uses.

Author Information

Jeremy Lake works with Historic Environment Intelligence Team, focusing on understanding and informing responses to potential future scenarios for change to landscapes and resources across England. Author and archaeologist at Historic England, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Historic character
Historical development
Research, evaluation and recording
Statutory protection
Managing change
Alterations and repairs
Where to get advice