11 Facts About English Heritage


English Heritage is a charity that manages over 400 historic monuments, buildings and places.

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English Heritage manages the London Blue Plaque scheme, which links influential historical figures to particular buildings.

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When originally formed in 1983, English Heritage was the operating name of an executive non-departmental public body of the British Government, officially titled the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, that ran the national system of heritage protection and managed a range of historic properties.

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These, together with other nationally important external acquisitions, meant that English Heritage was one of the largest publicly accessible archives in the UK: 2.

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English Heritage is the guardian of over 400 sites and monuments, the most famous of which include Stonehenge, Osborne, Iron Bridge and Dover Castle.

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Unlike the National Trust, English Heritage holds few furnished properties, although Charles Darwin's home at Down, Kent and Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire are major exceptions to this.

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Previously, when English Heritage was a non-departmental public body and included the functions of planning, listing, awarding grants, heritage research and advice, most of its funding came from government.

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In 2016, to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of 1066, English Heritage organised the 1066 March from Clifford's Tower in York to Battle Abbey in East Sussex.

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English Heritage is governed by a trustee board who set the strategic direction of the organisation and ensure that the organisation delivers its goals and objectives.

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English Heritage has administered the blue plaque scheme in London since 1986.

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In 1999 a pressure group, the Revived Cornish Stannary Parliament, wrote to English Heritage asking them to remove all signs bearing their name from Cornish sites by July 1999 as they regarded the ancient sites as Cornish heritage, not English.

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