Scheduled Monuments

'Scheduling' is shorthand for the process through which nationally important sites and monuments are given legal protection by being placed on a list, or 'schedule'. English Heritage takes the lead in identifying sites in England which should be placed on the schedule by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

You can search for scheduled monuments on The National Heritage List for England.

Aerial view of Carn Euny Ancient Village in Cornwall.

Aerial view of Carn Euny Ancient Village in Cornwall.

What is the Schedule?

A schedule has been kept since 1882 of monuments considered to be of national importance by the government. The current legislation, the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, supports a formal system of Scheduled Monument Consent for any work to a designated monument.

Scheduling is the only legal protection specifically for archaeological sites.

Scheduling Selection Guides

The purpose of selection guides is to explain our approach to designation. For the scheduling selection guides, archaeological sites and monuments are divided into categories ranging from agriculture to utilities, and commerce and complement the listing selection guides for buildings. In each guide, a historical introduction is followed by a consideration of designation issues, together with sources of further information.
 
The remaining scheduling selection guides will be published throughout 2013 and will provide a fully comprehensive guide to the designation of archaeological sites and monuments.

  • Agriculture
    Agriculture
    Publication Date: 31 Jan 2013
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with agriculture.
    More info
  • Commemorative and Funerary
    Commemorative and Funerary
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with commemorative and funerary practice.
    More info
  • Commercial sites
    Commercial sites
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating archaeological sites associated with commerce.
    More info
  • Culture, Entertainment and Sport
    Culture, Entertainment and Sport
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with culture, entertainment and sport.
    More info
  • Gardens
    Gardens
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with gardens.
    More info
  • Industrial Sites
    Industrial Sites
    Publication Date: 31 Mar 2013
    An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for industrial sites.
    More info
  • Law and Government
    Law and Government
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with law and government.
    More info
  • Maritime and Naval
    Maritime and Naval
    Publication Date: 01 Feb 2013
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with maritime and naval activity.
    More info
  • Military Sites Post-1500
    Military Sites Post-1500
    Publication Date: 31 Mar 2013
    An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for modern military sites from 1500 to the 20th century.
    More info
  • Places of Learning
    Places of Learning
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with places of learning.
    More info
  • Pre-1500 Military Sites
    Pre-1500 Military Sites
    Publication Date: 31 Jan 2013
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with pre-1500 military sites.
    More info
  • Religion and Ritual pre-AD 410
    Religion and Ritual pre-AD 410
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with religion and ritual pre-AD 410.
    More info
  • Religion and Ritual post-AD410
    Religion and Ritual post-AD410
    Publication Date: 31 Jan 2013
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with religion and ritual post-AD410.
    More info
  • Settlement Sites to 1500
    Settlement Sites to 1500
    Publication Date: 30 Apr 2013
    An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for settlement sites pre 1500.
    More info
  • Sites of Early Human Activity
    Sites of Early Human Activity
    Publication Date: 31 Oct 2012
    An introductory guide setting out designation considerations for sites of early human activity.
    More info
  • Sites of Health and Welfare
    Sites of Health and Welfare
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with health and welfare.
    More info
  • Transport Sites
    Transport Sites
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with transport.
    More info
  • Utilities
    Utilities
    Publication Date: 22 May 2012
    A guide to outline the selection criteria used when scheduling archaeological sites associated with utilities.
    More info

Further Information

'Scheduled Monuments: An English Heritage Guide for Owners and Occupiers'. English Heritage, 2013. You can download this guide below.

  • Scheduled Monuments. A guide for owners and occupiers
    Scheduled Monuments. A guide for owners and occupiers
    Publication Date: 30 Jul 2013
    This guide explains the implications of scheduling.
    More info

The Scheduling Records Review OCN Project

On the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) there are 5627 Old County Number (OCN) scheduled monuments.

These decisions were taken by the Secretary of State a considerable number of years ago. Their documentation is variable and many do not have a full description. At present these appear on the NHLE only in cursory form.

The Scheduling Records Review OCN Project is an ongoing review by English Heritage of OCN records by desk-top analysis, with the aim of enhancing descriptions and adding a summary of importance. The project is not a comprehensive designation re-survey of these monuments from scratch and so we will not be carrying out consultation, but we will notify the relevant Historic Environment Records, in batches.

If you do have any queries then please contact designation@english-heritage.org.uk