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Heritage at Risk: Archaeology

In most cases partnership is the key to the future of scheduled sites - a partnership between owners and land managers, between Historic England and a range of external stakeholders, which in the majority of cases will be local authorities and local amenity groups. Historic England's primary role is to establish a dialogue with those who look after archaeological sites by providing practical advice, guidance on funding, and where appropriate, our own grant aid.

Besbury Bowl Barrow, West Oxfordshire showing trees planted in the 19th century
Besbury bowl barrow, West Oxfordshire, was removed from the Heritage at Risk Register last year thanks to partnership working between the owners, Natural England and English Heritage. Most bowl barrows were constructed for burials between 2400-1500 BC. Besbury was planted with trees in the 19th century to create the enhanced landscape feature we see today.

Most monuments require simple care or maintenance to make sure that they survive in good condition - and we acknowledge the vital work and goodwill of the thousands of owners who enable this to happen. In some cases however, more extensive repair work may be required, and in these circumstances Historic England can help with feasibility studies, specifications and advice.

Grants from other public sources, notably Natural England (who administer the Environmental Stewardship Scheme) and the Heritage Lottery Fund, also have a vital role to play in helping to preserve our most precious monuments for future generations.

It's important to remember that monuments can, and do, exist underwater and Historic England can be charged with their care too. More information on the management of wreck sites can be found on the page about historic ship wrecks at risk page.