Listing Priorities

One of the measures we apply when deciding whether to take a listing, scheduling, registration or protection application forward is whether or not the application fits into our programme of strategic work. Our priorities are defined by the Corporate Plan 2018-2021.

Our planned programme of work includes the following key areas:

  • Disposal of public assets
  • Infrastructure
  • First World War centenary
  • Places of Worship
  • Heritage Action Zones and Priority Places
  • Heritage at Risk

If the building or site you wish to apply for does not fall within one of our strategic priorities, we offer three new services:

What are our current national projects?

Post-war landscapes

In partnership with the Garden’s Trust, we are starting a project looking at post-war designed landscapes to identify strong candidates for registration. As part of this work we have gathered together sites that are already registered in order to highlight this area of designation more clearly, including much older designed landscapes which have distinctive post-1945 contributions.

Take a look

Post-war landscapes offer a greater variety than those of earlier periods, for landscape design has come to feature in every aspect of the environment, both large and small.

Landscape at Queen's Park, Swindon.
Queen's Park, Swindon. Registered at Grade II. NHLE List entry number: 1001549 © Historic England

Women's suffrage

This project focusses on the built environment associated with the Suffragette movement. As part of their campaign to make their voices heard, the suffragettes vandalised many public buildings and spaces associated with government, including breaking windows along Whitehall and burning down libraries and train stations throughout the country. This project will aim to identify and celebrate these places which served as a focus for women’s protest in their quest for equality as well as buildings closely associated with its protagonists.

Suffrage sites now officially recognised

Tomb of Emmeline Pankhurst, Brompton Cemetery, London
Tomb of Emmeline Pankhurst, Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, London. Listed at Grade II*. NHLE List entry number: 1225716 © Historic England

Quaker meeting houses

In partnership with the Religious Society of Friends  we commissioned a national survey of Quaker meeting houses in use or still in Quaker ownership in Great Britain. Using this work we will soon be starting a project to add, update and enhance list entries for Quaker meeting houses across England. This project will improve the representation of Nonconformist places of worship on The List, and will be based on an up-to-date and robust understanding of this building type.

Recently finished: First World War centenary war memorials listing project (2014-2018)

In 2014, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we embarked upon a four-year project to add 2,500 war memorials to the National Heritage List for England (NHLE). The Government funded this project through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

More about the project  

This project worked with volunteers, notably from War Memorials Trust and Civic Voice, to make sure that war memorials are better appreciated and in an improved condition. The project finished at the end of September 2018, having added or amended a total of 2,645 war memorials to the List.

War memorial at Ogbourne St Andrew, Wiltshire
Ogbourne St Andrew War Memorial, Wiltshire. Listed at Grade II. NHLE List entry number: 1451657 © Historic England
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