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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1066 Battle of Hastings Battlefield Re-Presented for 950th Anniversary
\tVisitors next summer to the Battle of Hastings battlefield will – for the first time – be able to get a bird’s-eye-view of the landscape on which the most famous battle on English soil was fought, English Heritage announced today. As part of its re-presentation of the 1066 site, English Heritage will open up the roof of the Great Gatehouse of William the Conqueror’s abbey – founded where King Harold died – giving visitors a whole new perspective on arguably the most important battle in English history.
Back with a Bang-Restored First World War Gun to Fire Again
One hundred years after guns on the White Cliffs first successfully repelled a German Zeppelin raid, Dover Castle will once again resound to artillery fire following the restoration by English Heritage of a rare anti-aircraft gun used in the First World War, thanks to a grant of £272,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Tintagel Castle: Where History Meets Legend
A new exhibition at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall takes a fresh look at how fact and fiction have contributed to the history of this iconic landmark. The English Heritage exhibition explores the origins of Tintagel’s links to the Arthurian legend, and how this inspired Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build a castle on the rugged coastal spot in the 13th century.
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.
We have a great customer services team happy to help:General enquiries: 0370 333 1181