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

General view of the Spurn Lightship with Holy Trinity beyond

1 August 2019 Yorkshire Day

Three unique historic places in Yorkshire are now Heritage Action Zones. Find out how the Heritage Action Zone schemes will breathe new life into the heritage, economies and communities of Hull, Elsecar and Dewsbury,

Heritage Action Zones
Front of Ramsgate Station dominated by its three enormous arched windows.

2 August 1899 Birth of Architect Maxwell Fry

Edwin Maxwell Fry became a key figure in the British Modernist Movement. Find the buildings he designed that have since been protected by listing.

Listed buildings designed by Fry
Trans Pride marchers at World Pride, London 2012

3 August 2019 Pride Community Parade in Brighton

Pride LGBTQ+ Community Parade in Brighton celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising that ignited the Pride movement. Read about places of LGBTQ heritage across England, ranging from the frontiers of Roman Britain to the gay pubs and clubs that remain important in our lives today.

Pride of place: England's LGBTQ heritage
Print depicting the Peterloo Massacre, Manchester

16 August 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester

A defining moment in the history of democracy came about when a peaceful rally calling for political reform was dispersed with such violence that 18 people were killed and 650 injured. The site of the massacre - Peter Street in Manchester - was chosen as one of '100 Places' across the country that have shaped who we are.

More about Peterloo
Earthenware sugar bowl with gilt inscription: "East India Sugar not made by slaves".

28 August 1833 Slavery Abolition Act Given Royal Assent

The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 officially abolished slavery across most of the British Empire. Explore the people, cases and places that were important to the abolition of slavery.

Ending slavery
Illustration of Moseley School of Art, Birmingham with movie characters around it and rays of sun radiating out from it.

Hidden Cinema in London (8-10 August) and Birmingham (23 & 24 August)

Hidden Cinema is an opportunity to watch movies in two unique historic buildings. The venues - Oxford House, London and Moseley School of Art, Birmingham - have both been lovingly restored. Both are screening 'Moana', 'Dumbo' and 'The Greatest Showman'. Oxford House will also show 'Romeo and Juliet' and Moseley School of Art is showing 'Back to the Future'.

Get screening times and tickets

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