People & Places

A public group on a countryside walk

People make buildings, and the built environment shapes people's lives. In this section we explore how important aspects of our past such as the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition and the changing role of women are reflected in the buildings of our towns and cities. 

Disability History

Explore the relationship between the built environment and disabled peoples’ lives over the past 1000 years

Disability in Time and Place

Slave Trade and Abolition

The transatlantic slave trade was one of the largest forced migrations of human beings across the globe.  English Heritage has published a Sites of Memory guide which tells the stories of some of the many historic sites with a link to the slave trade.

More on the slave trade


Women's History

Women's contribution to society has often been made invisible by a lack of social status. However women's achievements have left a deep impression on the historic environment, from archaeological remains to buildings designed for the new working women.

More on women's history