Support for Heritage During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The £88m Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage offers grants to help heritage organisations or businesses cover operating costs, assess and adapt their business models, and become financially viable.

Learn about the new Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

Read our advice about re-opening heritage locations

The Most Important Historic Places in England Are Listed

The List includes buildings, battlefields, monuments, parks, gardens, shipwrecks and more.

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Lister Lane Cemetery, Enrich the List Contribution. © Ann & Stuart Wilkinson Lister Lane Cemetery List Entry

What's Happening Near You?

See what's happening in your local historic environment and find out how you can help uncover the hidden stories behind your local heritage.

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Chair of the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, Cllr Alan Mosley giving his welcoming speech at the Time Capsule Closing Ceremony © Historic England, photo by James O'Davies

Heritage Should Be for Everyone

Our heritage and our built environment should be a source of knowledge and understanding for everyone.

We condemn racism in any form. We are committed to inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity in all of our work - but we know that we, and the heritage sector, have a long way to go.

We will work to ensure that Black lives, past and present, are fully recognised as part of our nation’s history, and our sector’s future.

Read our full statement

Erected to commemorate the abolition of Slavery in the British Colonies the first of August A.D MDCCCXXXIV

The Slave Trade and Abolition

Black people have been part of British history since Roman times. They worked as servants, musicians, trades people and businessmen. Some, but not all, were enslaved.

Britain's involvement in the slave trade was most active from the late 16th to early 19th centuries. The buildings and memorials around us tell us about those who grew wealthy on this trade in human lives, as well as those who campaigned to end slavery.

These people, from a range of backgrounds, all left their mark on history.

Learn more
An indoor market featuring an Afro Caribbean shop and a wig shop with flag bunting across the path between.

6 Places That Tell Stories of the Windrush Generation

The arrival of the Windrush generation in 1948 marked the dawn of modern multicultural Britain. On the Heritage Calling blog we take a look at their story through six important locations in England.

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Member of staff conserving a glass plate negative

Heritage Online Debate: Workplace Diversity

What are the challenges and also opportunities for the heritage sector to embracing diversity and creating inclusive places to work?

To start this debate, we have asked a number of prominent people to write their thoughts.

Why is a Diverse Workplace Essential?
Three sketches of a building showing how it changed between 1904 and 2016

Connecting People and Places

Historic England and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust want to inspire young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to pursue a career in architecture.

Students researched buildings that have significant importance for members of the BAME community. They found out how these places and buildings have shaped history and added value to their individual communities.

Explore their research
Black and white crowd photo at Notting Hill Carnival

Mapping 100 Years of Black and Asian History

Between 1918 and 2018 there has been enormous global change and waves of migration. The century has seen black and Asian people influence England's culture, industry, economy, and national life as never before.

'Another England' followed the histories of people arriving from countries in Africa, South and East Asia and the Caribbean. The project explores the reasons people came, including two world wars and established colonial and trade links.

Discover 'Another England'
18th century warehouse building

Enrich the List

The List has over 400,000 entries: tower blocks and tombstones, barrows and bunkers, palaces and pigsties, plague crosses and piers, cathedrals, windmills and rollercoasters.

Many places on the List are well-known and even world-famous. But in some cases there is much that remains unknown.

We invite you to share your knowledge and pictures of listed places, so we can record important facts, and even unlock the secrets of some places.

Find out how to make your contribution