We are the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment. Historic England is funded largely by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them.
We do this by:
Championing historic places
Identifying and protecting our heritage
Understanding historic places
Providing expertise at a local level
By standing up for historic places, everyone, from individuals and communities to government and major landowners, can look after and care for heritage. We open up heritage for everyone, using digital resources, media campaigns, our unsurpassed archive, publishing, public information and exhibitions. Protecting historic places is at the very heart of what we do, as expert advisor to the government.
We manage the National Heritage List for England: from its origins in 1882, it has grown to include almost 400,000 items ranging from prehistoric monuments to office blocks, battlefields and parks. They all benefit from legal protection.
Each year we give advice on more than 20,000 applications for planning permission or listed building consent. We find approaches to prevent heritage at risk and tackle it as a priority. Last year, we provided £14.26 million in grants to reduce the amount of heritage at risk.
We share our knowledge through training and guidance, conservation advice and access to resources, including the Historic England Archive, which is the biggest national collection of records about the historic environment.
Our people work with partners across each region to raise the profile of the historic environment and make sure that it makes the fullest possible contribution across the country.
Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.