Historic character of Merseyside

people working at desks in an office with maps on the wall

Merseyside Rural Fringes and Urban Areas reports

The historic character of Merseyside was explored in detail in the late 1970s by the Archaeological Survey of Merseyside. The Survey began in 1977 under the leadership of its first archaeological officer, Field Archaeologist, Brian Sheppard. He was supported by a team of 12 research assistants employed on job creation schemes to investigate maps, records, publications, aerial photographs and historic documents to locate sites of potential archaeological interest. Field visits were undertaken to verify the potential survival of sites. The results of this research was collated into a series of Urban/Rural Fringes surveys – one for each borough published between 1979 and 1983.  

Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project

The Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project (MHCP) was carried out by staff within the former Merseyside Archaeological Advisory Service (MAAS), National Museums Liverpool between 2004 and 2011. The MHCP covers the five local authorities which make up the Merseyside area.

The Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project was part of a national programme of Historic Landscape Characterisation projects (HLC) supported and developed by English Heritage (now Historic England) in partnership with local government historic environment colleagues. HLC gives broad-brush overviews of complex aspects of the historic environment using a desk-based programme of GIS mapping and analysis.

archaeologists digging large trenches in a field

Twiss Green excavation