Scheduling evolved specifically for sites of an archaeological character. It is our oldest form of heritage protection, dating from the 1882 Ancient Monuments Act, when a 'Schedule' of prehistoric sites deserving of state protection was first compiled. We advise the Secretary of State on which sites should be added to it. Sites from all periods are now eligible.
You can search for scheduled monuments on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE).
What is Scheduling?
Scheduling is the selection of nationally important archaeological sites, which would particularly benefit from close management. Archaeology is all around us. Scheduled sites form a carefully chosen sample of them, which receive close management involving Historic England staff.
While some change may be possible, there is a presumption that they will be handed on to the future in much the same state that we have found them. Scheduling derives its authority from the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979.
Scheduling Selection Guides
Our Scheduling Selection Guides explain our approach to scheduling. For archaeological sites and monuments they are divided into categories ranging from Agriculture to Utilities and complement the Listing Selection Guides for buildings. In each guide, a historical introduction is followed by a consideration of designation issues, together with sources of further information.
What if I have a scheduled monument on my land?
You can download our Scheduled Monuments: A Guide for Owners and Occupiers 2013 guide for further information on scheduled monuments.
Also of interest...
Guidance on the criteria for scheduling different types of monuments.
The National Importance Programme aims to help identify archaeological sites that are nationally important but not protected.
Read our Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) for archaeological sites and monuments.