Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) is an interpretation of landscape change, showing how it has been influenced by both natural and human activities. Activities such as farming, settlement and recreation have left physical traces that add to the changing character of the landscape. It is vital that landscape character is understood in order to manage future change and impact.
The Sussex HLC is a partnership between East and West Sussex County Councils and Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, with part funding by English Heritage through their national HLC survey programme.
The Sussex HLC is a guidance tool to inform further landscape survey and analysis, and to place other datasets, such as the Historic Environment Record (HER), within the landscape context. It should be viewed as a first step to understanding the historic time-depth of any given area.
Historic Landscape Characterisation project reports:
2 Request a Historic Landscape Characterisation search
Read the guidance and charging policy before submitting your request. All requests must be submitted using the enquiry form.HER enquiry form (external link)
3 Examples of Historic Landscape Characterisation reports
Find examples of Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) reports and accompanying maps provided by the Historic Environment Record (HER) below:
- HLC data for Cissbury Ring Hillfort: Broad Character Types (PDF, 982KB)
- HLC data for Cissbury Ring Hillfort: Character Type (PDF, 1MB)
- HLC data for Cissbury Ring Hillfort: Report (PDF, 110KB)
- HLC data for Cissbury Ring Hillfort: Time Depth (PDF, 1MB)