Responding to Opportunities and Threats

To protect the best of the past it is necessary to manage change, not try to prevent it. The historic environment we know today is a product of technical, socio-political and environmental changes in the past which continue into the present and will affect future generations. 

People looking out to sea from the pier at Great Yarmouth with off-shore wind turbines on the horizon
Great Yarmouth pier with Scroby Sands Offshore Wind Farm in the background © Historic England DP057347

For this reason, Historic England researches into and responds to current trends in the wider world so we can understand how they may affect the historic environment in the future.

This allows us to develop solutions to strategic threats and helps us identify opportunities for partnership working, to improve protection and increase understanding and appreciation of our shared heritage. 

Our responses to opportunities and threats can be grouped into the following broad categories:

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