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Scheduling Selection Guides

Archaeological sites and monuments which meet the test of national importance may be scheduled. A Schedule (as we know it today) has been kept since 1913 of monuments considered to be of national importance by the government, although heritage protection of archaeological sites started as far back as 1882. 

Here you can find our scheduling-specific selection guides as well as the associated Introduction to Heritage Assets series.

Roche Abbey, Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Roche Abbey, Rotherham, South Yorkshire. An important and well documented example of a smaller Cistercian monastery dating from the late 12th to the 15th centuries. Scheduled monument. NHLE List Entry Number: 1019059.

What the guides cover

The current scheduling system operates under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act, with the decision to schedule lying with the Secretary of State. Often sites of undeniable national importance are nevertheless not scheduled, for instance because beneficial management can be better achieved by other means.

Our 18 thematically-arranged selection guides give detailed guidance about what may be eligible for scheduling. Each gives a brief overview of:

  • The types of archaeological sites or monuments covered in the guide
  • Current understanding, both of their history and development
  • In some cases, how many examples are known

The second half of each document sets out the over-arching scheduling criteria, before moving on to offer guidance relevant to the particular assets themselves. A select bibliography gives suggestions for further reading.

On 1 April 2015 the part of English Heritage represented on this website changed its name to Historic England. You may notice that some of our content still refers to English Heritage. We are in the process of rebranding, but in the meantime please be assured that all our content and guidance is still current. 

Law and Government

Law and Government

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with law and government.

Transport Sites

Transport Sites

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with transport.

Commemorative and Funerary

Commemorative and Funerary

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with commemorative and funerary practice.

Sites of Health and Welfare

Sites of Health and Welfare

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with health and welfare.

Gardens

Gardens

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with gardens.

Places of Learning

Places of Learning

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with places of learning.

Culture, Entertainment and Sport

Culture, Entertainment and Sport

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with culture, entertainment and sport.

Utilities

Utilities

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with utilities.

Commercial sites

Commercial sites

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating archaeological sites associated with commerce.

Religion and Ritual pre-AD 410

Religion and Ritual pre-AD 410

Published 22 May 2012

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with religion and ritual pre-AD 410.

Sites of Early Human Activity

Sites of Early Human Activity

Published 31 October 2012

An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for sites of early human activity.

Agriculture

Agriculture

Published 31 January 2013

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with agriculture.

Pre-1500 Military Sites

Pre-1500 Military Sites

Published 31 January 2013

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with pre-1500 military sites.

Religion and Ritual post-AD410

Religion and Ritual post-AD410

Published 31 January 2013

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with religion and ritual post-AD410.

Maritime and Naval

Maritime and Naval

Published 1 February 2013

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with maritime and naval activity.

Industrial Sites

Industrial Sites

Published 31 March 2013

An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for industrial sites.

Military Sites Post-1500

Military Sites Post-1500

Published 31 March 2013

An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for modern military sites from 1500 to the 20th century.

Settlement Sites to 1500

Settlement Sites to 1500

Published 30 April 2013

An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for settlement sites pre 1500.

Introductions to Heritage Assets

The scheduling selection guides are supported by a series of 41 Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs). Each sets out our understanding of particular site or monument types in a brief, up-to-date, factual overview.

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