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Our Strategic Listing Priorities

One of the measures we apply when deciding whether to take a listing, scheduling, registration or protection application forward is whether or not the application fits into our programme of strategic work. Our priorities are defined by the Corporate Plan 2017-2020.

Our planned programme of work includes the following key areas:

  • Disposal of public assets
  • Infrastructure
  • Post-war buildings
  • First World War related sites
  • Places of Worship
  • Heritage Action Zones and Priority Places
  • Heritage at Risk

If the building or site you wish to apply for does not fall within one of our strategic priorities, we offer three new services:

What are our current national projects?


This project aims to assess a number of buildings nationally which are the best examples of Post-Modernism in architecture for possible inclusion on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE). The project draws on extensive contextual research carried out prior to assessing any individual buildings.

In addition, we will publish an Introduction to the Heritage Asset for Post-Modernist buildings. It will be an accessible, authoritative, well-illustrated summary of our current understanding of this particular type of heritage asset.

A photograph of No 1 Poultry, City of London
No 1 Poultry, City of London. Listed at Grade II*. NHLE List entry number: 1428881 © Historic England

Post-war public houses

In response to the closure of huge numbers of pubs over recent decades, we have carried out a number of projects to improve understanding and protection of this increasingly vulnerable building type. Following on from our project, last year, looking at urban and suburban inter-war pubs, we are now starting a project on post-war pubs.

Post-war landscapes

In partnership with the Garden’s Trust, we will soon be starting a project looking at post-war designed landscapes to identify strong candidates for registration. As part of this work we will gather together sites that are already registered in order to highlight this area of designation more clearly, including much older designed landscapes which have distinctive post-1945 contributions.

Post-war landscapes offer a greater variety than those of earlier periods, for landscape design has come to feature in every aspect of the environment, both large and small.

First World War centenary

War memorials listing project (2014-2018)

In 2014, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, we embarked upon a four-year project to add 2,500 war memorials to the NHLE. The Government is funding this project through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. To find out more about the project please view our War Memorials Listing Project page.  

This project will help to meet this objective by working with volunteers, notably from War Memorials Trust and Civic Voice, to make sure that war memorials are better appreciated and in an improved condition.

We are also assessing a number of other sites associated with the First World War, including national factories and wireless stations. In addition, we are looking at First World War submarines and U-boat losses within UK territorial waters adjacent to England and have identified 47 sunken British and German submarines, of which 11 have been chosen for targeted investigation.

Women's suffrage 

As part of their campaign to make their voices heard, the suffragettes vandalised many public buildings and spaces associated with government, including breaking windows along Whitehall and burning down libraries and train stations throughout the country. This project will aim to identify and celebrate these places which served as a focus for women’s protest in their quest for equality as well as buildings closely associated with its protagonists.


We have commissioned the first authoritative survey of the British mosque. To follow on from this work, and to celebrate the publication of the survey in 2017, we are carrying out a project to add, update and enhance List entries for mosques around England.

Quaker meeting houses

We will soon be starting a project to add, update and enhance List entries for Quaker meeting houses across England. This project will improve the representation of Nonconformist places on the NHLE, and be based on an up-to-date and robust understanding of this building type.

Roman rural settlements

A project funded by us and the Leverhulme Trust, and undertaken between the Universities of Reading and York and Cotswold Archaeology, sought to address a range of questions about the society, economy and people of the countryside of late Iron Age and Roman Britain. Following on from this work, we will assess how this information can be used to develop a strategic scheduling programme which is responsive to threat and change.

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