National Blue Plaque Scheme

The national blue plaque scheme has awarded its first blue plaque to Daphne Steele, who became the first Black matron in the National Health Service in 1964.

Historic England is running the new national blue plaque scheme on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), celebrating people who have contributed significantly and positively to human welfare or happiness.

Blue Plaque Scheme      Read more about Daphne Steele        

The National Heritage List for England

Search the National Heritage List for England to find listed buildings, battlefields, monuments, parks, gardens, shipwrecks and more.

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Heritage is for everyone

Welcome to your Historic England. Home to stories about incredible people.

Find new routes into careers in the heritage sector with traditional skills programmes

Find new routes into careers in the heritage sector with traditional skills programmes

Explore a range of training schemes that develop the understanding and practical skills needed to work on traditional (pre-1919) and historic buildings and gardens.

Find out how to take part

Meet our Young Advisers

Meet our Young Advisers

Our Young Advisers are a group of 11 young people from across the country. They’re at the heart of our efforts to engage more young people with England’s heritage.

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Develop skills for a career in heritage, at a pace that suits you

Develop skills for a career in heritage, at a pace that suits you

Access training when and where suits you best, with our courses delivered primarily through e-learning.

Develop your skills

Women's histories

Women's histories

Women's achievements and experiences have left a deep impression on the historic environment. Now they've been highlighted to reveal a host of fascinating and inspirational stories.

Read about incredible women

Developing an Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Strategy

Developing an Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Strategy

Find out more about Historic England's approach and get advice on developing an inclusive strategy for your organisation.

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The Story of LGBTQ+ Activism in Lancaster and Morecambe

The Story of LGBTQ+ Activism in Lancaster and Morecambe

The towns of Lancaster and Morecambe have been forerunners in LGBTQ+ activism and recreation in the North of England since the 1970s.

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Unlocking the potential of high streets

Historic England is helping to deliver schemes at more than 60 high streets across England that will transform and restore disused and dilapidated buildings into new homes, shops, work places and community spaces, restoring local historic character and improving public realm.

High Streets Heritage Action Zones     Picturing High Streets

Tackling climate change

We’re facing a global climate crisis. Historic England recognises the need for urgent action and is committed to achieving net zero. We are researching and advising how the historic environment can positively contribute to overall global sustainability.

Read our climate strategy    Energy advice for homeowners

Latest News

Historic England's Everyday Heritage Grant programme is funding 56 new projects across the nation, telling the stories of working class heritage.

4 historic gas lamps in Covent Garden, London have been listed at Grade II.

A hidden historic Finnish sauna in Aylesford, Kent, donated for the 1948 London Olympics, has been listed at Grade II

Documenting a year in the life of the English high street, images taken by the public as part of 'Picturing High Streets' can be viewed online.