We protect, champion and save places that define who we are

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

This Month in History

People wearing life jackets and high viz waistcoats next to a lock with a canal boat in the foreground with a dog sitting on the roof

Volunteers' Week Begins on Saturday 1 June

Thank you to all the volunteers who help care for our spectacular historic environment.

Meet the volunteers
Aerial view of Greenwich Park

On 22 June 1675 the Royal Greenwich Observatory Established

King Charles II issued a warrant to instigate the construction of an observatory on the site of the abandoned Greenwich Castle.

Learn more about the Observatory
The Magna Carta monument at Runnymede

On 15 June 1215 King John Signed the Magna Carta

A charter of rights was agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on 15 June 1215. It placed limits on royal authority by establishing law as a power in itself.

See the NHLE entry for the Magna Carta monument
Summer solstice at Stonehenge

Celebrate the Summer Solstice on Friday 21 June

Thousands descend on Stonehenge, Wiltshire to mark the longest day of the year.

Learn more about Stonehenge
Emblem for Lord's Cricket Ground

On 22 June 1814 First Match at Lord's Played

Over 200 years ago, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Hertfordshire played the very first match at the present Lord's cricket ground.

Find out more
Map of the English Channel and ports from the book D-Day UK

On 6 June 1944 the D-Day Landings Took Place

The D-Day landings were the culmination of months of meticulous planning and organisation with many places around the country involved in the preparations for this momentous event.

Survey of 100 places associated with D-Day

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

Help save a Shrewsbury icon

£5,000 has been donated so far to restore the Flaxmill's Jubilee Crown.

Make a donation

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