Close up of some carving on an archway at scheduled and Grade I listed Crowland Abbey, Crowland.

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Scheduled and Grade I listed Crowland Abbey, Crowland. Founded in the 8th century and then re-founded in the mid-10th century. Conservation work on this site has been funded by Historic England © Historic England Explore our images

Heritage at Risk is an Official Statistic

In April 2009 Historic England was designated by Government as a provider of Official Statistics. Two sets of statistics produced by Historic England were defined as official statistics:

  • Heritage at Risk (HAR)
  • The number of listed buildings

As a designated provider of official statistics we follow the regulations set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics Edition 2.0, published by the UK Statistics Authority in February 2018, when producing, analysing and disseminating these statistics.

Historic England response to the Code of Practice for Statistics

Below we outline Historic England's response to the Code of Practice and in particular our procedures in relation to pre-release access to Heritage at Risk Official Statistics.

Publication date

  • Heritage at Risk statistics for 2019 were released on 22 August 2019


  • All HAR statistics (including trends) have been published as a standalone document without any analytical comment from Historic England (PDF only)


  • A standalone methodology statement outlining the collection of HAR data is also available on the website

Pre-release Access

  • Access to the data before the publication date was limited to those with direct involvement in the production and analysis of HAR statistics

The following staff members were given access to the HAR data 24 hours prior to release:

  • Duncan Wilson (Chief Executive)
  • Michael Bishop (Business Improvement Director)
  • Claudia Kenyatta (Director of Regions)
  • Amy Pitts (Public Relations and Programmes Director)
  • Kath Buxton (Head of Grants)
  • Adala Leeson (Head of Socio-Economic Analysis and Evaluation)
  • Katharine Grice (Head of Media & Public Affairs)
  • Scott Cunningham (Corporate Planning and Monitoring Manager)
  • Six regional Directors and four Heads of Regions
  • Four Media Managers
  • Jackie Orme (Head of Profession for Statistics, DCMS)

No journalists or external organisations (apart from our staff involved in quality assurance) were given access to the data prior to 22 August 2019.

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