About Us

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. We are a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 07447221, registered in England.

Our history
Birds-eye view of the stone circle at Stonehenge
Visitor takes in the atmosphere at Eltham Palace with sun shining on entrance arch

Our Places

The historic places in our care span six millennia and include palaces, houses, hill figures, castles, abbeys, industrial sites, Roman forts and even deserted medieval villages. Caring for these places and their collections for the benefit of this and future generations is a cornerstone of everything we do. The generous support of many donors enables us to do this. We have now embarked on the largest conservation programme in our history. Highly skilled conservation work will be carried out on an unprecedented scale, and we will allow the public to witness this as it progresses.

Man ready for battle in full Roman costume

Our Vision and Values

Gone are the days when people learned about history simply from reading books. People are increasingly looking for experiences that bring history to life in an engaging way and nothing beats standing on the spot where history happened. We offer a hands-on experience that will inspire and entertain people of all ages. Our work is informed by enduring values of authenticity, quality, imagination, responsibility and fun. Our vision is that people will experience the story of England where it really happened.

Kate Mavor at Kenilworth Castle

Our People

The skill, knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment of our staff and volunteers make English Heritage a special place to work. As a registered charity, we are governed by a board of trustees who delegate day-to-day responsibility for the running of the organisation to a senior management team. Sir Tim Laurence is Chairman of the board of trustees and Kate Mavor is Chief Executive. The range of roles and expertise we cover is immense and draws people from a wide range of sectors and backgrounds.

Passionate English Heritage Volunteer highlights the fabulous architecture and design inside Wrest Park

Our Priorities

With our new freedom as a charity, independent of government, our ability to engage with millions of people is now greatly strengthened. A major priority is to create inspirational visitor experiences that bring the story of England to life. We will also clear a backlog of all high-priority conservation defects, and develop our partnerships. Our target is to become completely self-funding by 2023. Our confidence in achieving this is based on our track record. During the past 10 years commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.

Collection of stone altars at Chesters Roman Fort

Our History

From small beginnings towards the end of the 19th century, the collection of historic places now managed by English Heritage has grown to over 400, inspired by a determination to put England's heritage ahead of private interest. Originally set up as a government agency in 1983, English Heritage has now become a registered charity.  The statutory functions of listing, planning, grants and heritage research and advice are now undertaken by a separate body, Historic England, which is a government service.

Job Opportunities at English Heritage


Being part of English heritage means working somewhere a little different. No matter what they do and where they do it, our people play a crucial role in protecting and presenting some of the greatest places in England for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

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General enquiries: 0370 333 1181
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