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What We Do

We are the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment.

We protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation. We care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them.

Working with communities and specialists we share our passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.

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    Historic England’s Role

    We're the public body that looks after England's historic environment.

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    Corporate Plan

    This plan sets out Historic England's aims and objectives for 2017 - 2020.

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    Action Plan

    Explanation of changes to the relationship Historic England's Action Plan and Corporate Plan

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    Annual Report and Accounts

    Read our latest Annual Report and Accounts.

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    How We Spend Our Money

    Find out how we spend our money, including details on our planned expenditure for 2015-16.

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    The English Heritage Trust

    Find out about the relationship between Historic England and the English Heritage Trust.

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    Our Performance in 2014/15

    See how we did against our corporate targets and key performance indicators.

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    Stakeholder Survey 2017

    See what Historic England learned when stakeholders gave their views of our performance based on their experiences of working with us.

  • View of the Royal Border Bridge which crosses to Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

    The Rules We Follow

    The downloadable pdfs on this page explain how the Commission and its advisory committees operate.

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    Access to Information

    Here you can find out about our data protection policy and how you can access any of your information that we may hold.

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    From time to time we invite feedback on draft versions of our strategic plans and formal advice and guidance, and respond to government consultations.