The first phase of development of the Resource Centre, began in June 2002 and ran until the end of 2004-5, with grant aid from the HLF and the Hartnett Trust. Forty eight of the most important and best preserved of English battlefields have been visited and researched. Most of the pages on these featured battlefields are in place but a few more will be added over the coming months.
The information has been drawn from a wide range of sources. Much has been taken from secondary works, such as published battlefield guides and military histories. However a significant amount of original research has also been undertaken, including documentary study of the historic landscape and field visits to the battlefields and to related sites.
Work began in late 2004, in collaboration with Historic Scotland, on the enhancement of the Trust's UK Fields of Conflict database and to conduct a 'resource assessment' to assist Historic Scotlandinthe management of the many important sites in Scotland. It is hoped to deliver this report and the gazeteer entries on more than 25 Scottish battlefield on the Resource Centre later in 2005. From autumn 2005, in collaboration with Leeds University and English Heritage, we hope to begin work to extend this to cover England and to develop advice and guidance on the investigation and conservation of battlefields.
The Trust also hopes to be able to secure further funding in the future to enable yet more featured battlefields to be added to the Resource Centre and to extend coverage to include some of the many sieges that have taken place across the country over past centuries.