Information on Heritage Assets

Understanding the significance of heritage assets is fundamental to their care and protection. The sources of information have never been more plentiful and as easy to access as they are in this internet age.

This section looks first at what can be found in primary sources: the National Heritage List for England and the historic environment records held locally. It then highlights the many other internet-based and traditional archives of relevant material.

It should not be forgotten, of course, that examining the heritage assets themselves is vital to any sound understanding. They are our greatest source of new historical information. Before they are lost or harmed, Government policy requires that they be recorded (ref. 1) so that our understanding of our past may be enriched. The requirements and best practice for recording are looked at in this section also.


(1) Paragraph 199, National Planning Policy Framework, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, 20 July 2021