The Department's involvement with this sector covers responsibility for the identification, conservation and enhancement of the historic built environment in England.
This includes listing and scheduling of historic buildings and ancient monuments, protection of conservation areas, management of the DCMS historic buildings estate together with State ceremonial duties. DCMS also carries out European and International work on the historic environment including the selection and arrangements for care of World Heritage Sites under the World Heritage Convention.
In December 2001 the Department and the DTLR (whose relevant responsibilities have now passed to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister ) jointly published The Historic Environment: A Force For Our Future
. This is the first statement of Government policy on the historic environment for a generation and concluded a wide ranging policy review. A Force for our Future
sets out an ambitious vision which aims to unlock the full potential of our historic assets.
We have set ourselves five specific tasks for achieving this:
- providing leadership
- realising educational potential
- including and involving people
- protecting and sustaining the historic environment, and
- optimising its economic potential