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.
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.
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.
Also of interest...
Our selection guides help us to recommend whether or not a site should be added to the List.
Scheduling is shorthand for the process through which nationally important sites and monuments are given legal protection.
Read our Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for archaeological sites and monuments.