Last edited 30 Jul 2018

Historic England

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English Heritage (or the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England) was created by the National Heritage Act 1983 when it took on heritage functions previously carried out by the Department of the Environment (DOE), the Ancient Monuments Board for England and the Historic Buildings Council for England. Subsequently it also took on the functions of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME).

On 14 October 2014, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Ed Vaizey MP and English Heritage confirmed that the government would split English Heritage into two organisations:

This change took place on 1 April 2015.

Historic England describes itself as ‘…the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. We champion historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.’

It is funded by grant-in-aid from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and a small amount of other funding, such as research grants and lottery funding.

Its purpose is to:

  • Secure the preservation of ancient monuments and historic buildings.
  • Promote the preservation and enhancement of the character and appearance of conservation areas.
  • Promote the public’s enjoyment and knowledge of, ancient monuments and historic buildings.

It does this by:

Historic England is overseen by the governing board of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England. It is run by a Chief Executive supported by an Executive Board comprising the Executive Directors of Historic England's five operational groups.

It has three non-executive committees that advise on strategy, policy and casework and four committees to help manage internal business. It also has five non-executive panels to advise staff on policy and practice in specialist fields.

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