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We are the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment.

This Month in History

A wiring party of FWW British troops wearing tin hats (Brodies)

1 July 1916 Battle of the Somme began

A million volunteers responded to Field Marshal Kitchener’s ‘Your Country Needs You!’ recruitment drive and went off to fight the bloodiest battle of the First World War.

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Portland Place, London

3 July 1728 Robert Adam was born

Colin Thom's latest book ‘Robert Adam and his Brothers’ brings a new understanding of the work of Robert Adam and his brothers and sets it in the context of their working relationship and family background.

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Emmeling Pankhurst arrested for protesting in 1914

14 July 1858 Emmeline Pankhurst was born

Discover seven places that played a part in the programme of civil disobedience used by Emmeline Pankhurst and her followers to gain publicity.

Seven places where history happened
Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire

20 July 1969 man landed on the Moon

Jodrell Bank Observatory was the only place in Europe able to track the Moon landing mission as it happened by using its powerful telescopes, including the Lovell Telescope, to receive radio signals from the Moon lander.

Explore some of the best space-age architecture
A view of a crowd gathered round the Cenotaph on Whitehall for the Peace Day celebrations with flags on a building to the side

19 July 1919 Temporary Cenotaph in Whitehall unveiled

Find out how a temporary act of remembrance became an internationally renowned war memorial.

Was Whitehall Cenotaph made of wood?
Excavated section of the hull from Mary Rose. Image from list enrichment

19 July 1545 Mary Rose sank

Ever since the wreck of the Mary Rose was raised in 1982, she has been helping us understand what life in Tudor England was like.

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Explore the Listed Building Map

The map search is the easiest way to find places near you that are protected by listing.

The List

More than 400,000 of the most important historic places in England are listed. The List includes buildings, battlefields, monuments, parks, gardens, shipwrecks and more. Listing makes sure their value is protected.

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Ramsgate Fire Station, Effingham Street, Grade II © Historic England DP247223

Regenerating Historic High Streets

Historic England is working with partners to find new ways to champion and revive our historic high streets. We’re now inviting applications to join the High Streets Heritage Action Zones scheme.

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Magdala Buildings, Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare Heritage Action Zone, 2018 © Historic England DP218650