Research & Conservation

Man examining discoveryWe seek to secure a sustainable future for the historic environment. Research allows us to identify what is significant.

We then protect this significance by managing change in the historic environment through our advice on planning and conservation issues, and our support through our grants and other resources.


Man restoring Osborne House clock
Advice and information on issues from maintenance of historic buildings through to promoting characterisation.


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Grant-funded work must be sympathetic to the character and importance of the building, site or landscape.

Archaeology & Buildings

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We work with others to improve understanding of England’s historic environment, from prehistory to present-day.

Heritage Protection

Stonehenge Sunset
Our Heritage Protection team ensure that important sites are preserved for future generations.

Public Policy

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We engage with a range of policy issues to draw attention to the public value of the historic environment.

Blue Plaques

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Blue plaques celebrate great figures of the past and the buildings that they inhabited.


  • Building divided into derelict and restored halves
    English Heritage protects historic buildings by recommending 'listing' the most important.
  • Battlefields Register
    The English Heritage Register of Historic Battlefields identifies forty-three important English battlefields.
  • Rooftops and gables
    English Heritage offers technical advice on all aspects of historic buildings.
  • Landscape detectives
    Introduction to the work of the Landscape Investigation Team.
  • Aerial survey photograph of fields
    Interpretation, mapping and analysis of aerial photographs and related sources.