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What We Do

We look after the historic environment, providing expert advice, helping people protect and care for it, and helping the public to understand and enjoy it.

In this section, you can find out more about what Historic England does, what our priorities are and how we spend our money.

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    Historic England’s Role

    We're the public body that looks after England's historic environment.

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    Corporate Plan

    This plan sets out Historic England's aims and objectives for 2016 - 2019.

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    Action Plan

    Explanation of changes to the relationship Historic England's Action Plan and Corporate Plan

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    Annual Report and Accounts

    Read our latest Annual Report and Accounts.

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    How We Spend Our Money

    Find out how we spend our money, including details on our planned expenditure for 2015-16.

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    The English Heritage Trust

    Find out about the relationship between Historic England and the English Heritage Trust.

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    Our Performance in 2014/15

    See how we did against our corporate targets and key performance indicators.

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    The Rules We Follow

    The downloadable pdfs on this page explain how the Commission and its advisory committees and panels operate.

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    Access to Information

    Here you can find out about our data protection policy and how you can access any of your information that we may hold.

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    From time to time we invite feedback on draft versions of our strategic plans and formal advice and guidance, and respond to government consultations.