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Our Strategic Listing Priorities

One of the measures we apply when deciding whether to take a listing, scheduling, registration or protection application forward is whether or not the application fits into our programme of strategic work. Our priorities are defined by the Corporate Plan 2016-2019.

Our planned programme of work includes the following key areas:

  • Disposal of public assets
  • Infrastructure
  • Post-war buildings
  • First World War related sites
  • Places of Worship
  • Heritage Action Zones and Priority Places
  • Heritage at Risk

What are our current national projects?

Pride of Place

We have teamed up with Leeds Beckett University and community groups nationwide to record and celebrate the places lived, loved, worked and played in by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people over the centuries. The project, called Pride of Place, will run until summer 2016, combining images, archive materials and research with the places and stories that are important to LGBTQ history. Based on the information from this project,  we will be assessing a number of buildings for listing and enhancing existing List entries.  We will also be encouraging people to add their own content and information to existing List entries, as part of our Enriching the List scheme.  

Royal Vauxhall Tavern
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Kennington Lane, London Borough of Lambeth. Built 1860-62 probably by the architect James Edmeston the elder, refitted in 1896 and again in the early 1980s, a noted performance space and LGBTQ venue. Listed at Grade II. NHLE List Entry Number: 1426984 © Rob Holley

Capability Brown

As part of the 300th anniversary of his birth, and associated festival, we have begun a project to add, update and enhance List entries relating to the designed landscapes of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. We are working on this with partners across England, including County Gardens Trusts and Parks and Gardens UK.

War memorials listing project (2014-2018)

In 2014, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we embarked upon a four-year project to add 2,500 war memorials to the National Heritage List for England. The Government is funding this project through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. To find out more about the project please view our War Memorials Listing Project page.  

Corporate objective 5.2 is to ‘encourage and support volunteering with Historic England.’

This project will help to meet this objective by working with volunteers, notably from War Memorials Trust and Civic Voice, to make sure that war memorials are better appreciated and in an improved condition.

If you would like to get involved with the project you can apply for a war memorial to be listed using the online application form via Heritage Passport. Please read the guidance, Listing War Memorials in England- A Guide to Volunteers, before submitting an application.

Post-war schools

In 2012 we published a national survey of schools built in the later 20th century, in response to anticipated school building programmes. The aim of this project is to enhance our understanding of the significance and character of the later 20th century built environment.

Public libraries 1850-1939

This project was precipitated by two events:

  • The closure and disposal by local authorities nationally of public libraries
  • The completion of a previous internal project titled 'The Purpose-built Public Library in England, 1850-1985'

To find more information about this please view the Public, Civic and Communal Buildings NHPP Activity 4A4 page. 

A project looking at post-war public libraries has recently been completed and resulted in a number of new listings.

Steatham Tate Library
Streatham Tate Library, Streatham High Road, London Borough of Lambeth. Designed by Sidney R J Smith for Sir Henry Tate and 1890-91. Listed at Grade II. NHLE List Entry Number: 1434186 © Historic England


We have commissioned the first authoritative survey of the British mosque. To follow on from this work, and to celebrate the publication of the survey in 2017, we are carrying out a project to add, update and enhance List entries for mosques around England.  

Amusement rides

Following the publication of the Historic Amusement Parks and Fairground Rides Introduction to Heritages Assets, we are undertaking an assessment of 10 key historic rides. This includes a number at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the best known of England’s permanent amusement parks.

Post-war public houses

In response to the closure of huge numbers of pubs over recent decades, we have carried out a number of projects to improve understanding and protection of this increasingly vulnerable building type. Following on from our project, last year, looking at urban and suburban inter-war pubs, we'll soon be starting a project on post-war pubs.

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