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Education Buildings

Front cover for Designation Listing Selection Guide: Education Buildings

Designation Listing Selection Guide

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating education buildings.

In 2010 English Heritage (now Historic England) published an authoritative overview in its Informed Conservation series of the history of school buildings in the context of evolving educational provision: Elain Harwood, England's Schools: History, Architecture and Adaptation (2010). It provides a fuller, and more extensively illustrated, treatment of the topic than is possible here. This guide includes a brief historical overview of some of the principal developments in the history of education buildings, and an explanation of our approach in assessing such buildings for designation.

This is one of a series of guides which set out some of our approaches to designating buildings. Covering twenty broad categories of building types, they including historical overviews and special considerations for listing, plus select bibliographies. They are primarily intended to develop understanding of designated buildings and structures, and to offer insight into designation decision making.


  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical summary
  • Specific considerations when considering education buildings for designation
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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