Historic England and the English Heritage Trust
The official name of Historic England is the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England. It was first established in 1984 and until 1 April 2015 was commonly known as English Heritage.
At that point its common name changed to Historic England and a new charity, officially called the English Heritage Trust, took the name of English Heritage.
English Heritage’s role
English Heritage looks after the National Heritage Collection of more than 400 state-owned historic sites and monuments across England.
It cares for and opens them to the public under a licence from Historic England that runs until 2025.
Historic England will also be the sole member of English Heritage who will appoint trustees to its board.