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historic environment

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


Heritage Minister Andrew McIntosh has announced plans to list the Anchor Studio in Newlyn, Cornwall. [30 June 2004]

Important new rights for owners of period property, including statutory consultation and a new right of appeal, have been unveiled by Heritage Minister Andrew McIntosh.  Publication: Review of Heritage Protection: The Way Forward [28 June 2004]

Heritage Minister Andrew McIntosh has launched the first in a series of World Heritage Cycle Rides celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UK's ratification of the World Heritage Convention. [17 June]

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Executive and the Department of the Environment, Northern Ireland have jointly published a consultation paper on the marine historic environment. The deadline for responses has been extended until 30 July 2004  [15 June 2004]


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facts and figures

In the UK there are 48 designated wreck sites under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973.

There are currently some 500,000 listed buildings, 17,700 scheduled monuments and 8,500 conservation areas in England.

The UK currently has 20 World Heritage Sites of which 11 are in England, 3 in Scotland, 2 in Wales, 1 in Northern Ireland and 3 in overseas territories.

Lottery  funding for heritage projects topped 300 million during 2000.