Photo of the roof (interior) of Derby Roundhouse

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Derby Roundhouse, now a Derby College campus, one of 20 top rescues from the first Heritage at Risk Register in 1998 © Historic England

20 Years of Heritage at Risk

Twenty years ago, we published our first ever Register of Buildings at Risk across England. It featured 1,930 buildings and structural scheduled monuments that were neglected, broken and unloved.

Two decades on, we're delighted to announce that over two thirds of buildings and structures on the 1998 Register are now safe. Historic places have been rescued in urban and rural areas right across England.

20 years of rescues

We've picked 20 places from the first Heritage at Risk Register 20 years ago which have since been rescued. 

How can we help heritage at risk?

It's thanks to the vision of developers, investors, conservation professionals, trusts and friends groups, as well as cooperative working between owners, local authorities and funders that repair and reuse projects are often so successful.

However, lack of funding and expertise can prevent owners from repairing their buildings.

We've given around £50million in grants to help repair buildings at risk since 1998 and provided bespoke advice and guidance for many more. Our tailored advice plays an important role in brokering solutions, helping the often complex task of turning visions into reality.

We will continue to champion heritage at risk, ensuring that irreplaceable heritage can make its fullest possible contribution to society now and for many years to come.

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