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Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance

The primary aim of the Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance is to support the quality of decision-making, with the ultimate objective of creating a management regime for all aspects of the historic environment that is clear and transparent in its purpose and sustainable in its application.

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. 


  • Overview
  • Introduction
  • Conservation principles
  • Understanding heritage values
  • Assessing heritage significance
  • Managing change to significant places
  • English Heritage conservation policies and guidance
  • Conclusion
  • Definitions

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidelines / Standards
  • Publication Status: Completed


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