About English Heritage
Who we are
English Heritage is the Government’s statutory adviser on the historic environment. Officially known as the Historic buildings and Monuments Commission for England, English Heritage is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Our powers and responsibilities are set out in the National Heritage Act (1983) and today we report to Parliament through the Secretary of State for culture Media and Sport.
Although sponsored by DCMS, English Heritage works with a range of Government Departments notably CLG and Defra, to help realise the potential of the historic environment.
English Heritage is funded in part by the Government and in part from revenue earned from our historic properties and other services.
The work of English Heritage is overseen by a Chairman and a board of up to 16 Commissioners selected by the Government for the breadth of their national and regional expertise. The Commission is, in turn, advised by expert advisory committees and panels.
English Heritage works in partnership with the central government departments, local authorities, voluntary bodies and the private sector to:
- Conserve and enhance the historic environment.
- Broaden public access to the heritage.
- Increase people’s understanding of the past.
We meet those responsibilities by:
- Acting as a national and international champion for the heritage.
- Giving grants for the conservation of historic buildings, monuments and landscapes.
- Maintaining registers of England’s most significant historic buildings, monuments and landscapes.
- Advising on the preservation of the historic environment.
- Encouraging broader public involvement with the heritage.
- Promoting education and research.
- Caring for Stonehenge and over 400 other historic properties on behalf of the nation.
- Maintaining the National Monuments Record as the public archive of the heritage.
- Generating income for the benefit of the historic environment.
Our conservation work
English Heritage is probably best known for the historic sites in our care which are open to the public. Less well known is our role in looking after the historic environment as a whole, including historic buildings, monuments and areas, and archaeological remains. We aim not only to ensure the preservation of our historic surroundings for the future, but also to encourage people to appreciate and enjoy this heritage today.
To see our main website go to www.english-heritage.org.uk