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English Heritage
Head Office
1 Waterhouse Square
138 - 142 Holborn

Tel: 020 7973 3000
Tel: 0870 333 1181 (General Enquiries)
Fax: 020 7973 3001

Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Web: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

NOTE: From 1 April 2015, English Heritage is separating into two organisations: a new charity that will retain the name English Heritage and a non-departmental public body, Historic England. The Commission, our governing board, will retain direct responsibility for the work of Historic England and will delegate to the English Heritage charity responsibility for running the National Heritage Collection.

English Heritage was established in 1984 under the 1983 National Heritage Act. It has three main purposes:-

  • To manage and promote historic properties and sites owned or under the guardianship of the UK's Government. These sites include around 400 castles, abbeys, historic houses and other sites which are usually open to the public.
  • To operate grant support schemes for archaeology and the repair of historic buildings and conservation areas.
  • To advise the Government on the statutory protection of the heritage and heritage matters.

Most historically important or archaeological interesting buildings in the UK are privately owned but the responsibility for protecting and preserving the heritage lies with the UK Government and various statutory agencies which in addition to English Heritage include :

  • The Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.
  • The National Heritage Memorial Fund.
  • The Royal Fine Art Commission.
  • The Royal Armouries.
  • The Redundant Churches Fund.


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