Identifying heritage through designation is an essential part of our heritage protection system. As a general rule buildings are 'listed', archaeology is 'scheduled' and parks and gardens are 'registered'. One of the key aims of Heritage Protection Reform is to unify our approach to buildings, archaeology, and parks and gardens. Our current work can be divided into the two broad areas; 'reactive and threat-driven designation' casework and strategic designation projects. This balance enables us to be responsive to concerns, as well as to address wider areas of concern on a more strategic basis.
Designation cases are often high-profile and frequently controversial. The Heritage Protection Department is kept busy maintaining the statutory designation basis, through this combination of responsive and strategic approaches.