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As the custodian of over 400 historic places, dating from prehistory to the Cold War, English Heritage is uniquely placed to explain English history. We also look after London's Blue Plaque scheme, and care for half a million artefacts. Explore these pages to find out more.

UPDATE ON SCHOOL VISITS: We’re taking bookings for education visits until 1 July 2021. We look forward to welcoming you and your class to our sites. Please note we are continually updating our offer to ensure we adhere to government guidance to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. This might mean some parts of the site are inaccessible. 

Please make sure you check our site pages from the list of properties on our what to expect on your education visit page, to see what facilities and resources are available during your school visit.  

 

School Visits

We’re currently unable to accept education visits at our sites. We are taking education bookings from 3 December so please get in touch to book. All visits must be booked at least 14 days in advance.

For further details on our safety measures for schools and our adapted Discovery Visit workshops please see our what to expect on your education visit page.

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Teaching Resources

We’re continually developing our resources for learners of all ages and abilities. Whether you're looking for tools to help with setting homework, ideas to help you with school visit planning, or guidance for teaching history at home, we're here to support you.

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Histories

Delve into our history pages to discover more about our sites, how they have changed over time, and who made them what they are today.

Our property histories will give you a concise and authoritative chronological overview of a site through the ages, authored by top historians. And with our stories and profile pages you can learn more about the key events and people who shaped our sites

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Collections

From the most powerful to the most humble, from Bronze Age axes to Gainsborough portraits, English Heritage cares for a remarkable collection of objects that help to bring our properties to life. It is made up of more than 700,000 objects and spans more than 5,000 years of England’s story from prehistory to the Cold War.

The collection is incredibly diverse and includes archaeological material, decorative arts, weaponry and a world-class selection of fine art. These objects are an invaluable resource which enables us to learn more about the people of the past.

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Story of England

Take a chronological journey through the key periods in England's past. Explore thousands of years of history and discover how the changes that the country has seen can be traced through English Heritage's sites.

Learn how the daily lives of ordinary people have altered over the centuries, and how seismic shifts in power and religion permanently shaped the nation. 

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Conservation

From Roman coins to Rembrandts, and from tapestries to Turners, we look after nearly half a million artefacts. Learn more about how our teams of experts protect our collections from a wide range of threats, like insects, pollution and climate change.

Dig deeper into the science behind heritage - we carry out academic research in a range of fields and many of our papers are available to download here.

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Research

Research is at the heart of everything we do. Knowledge of our sites, properties, gardens and objects is essential so that we can care for them, interpret them and make them meaningful to the public.

Find out more about our research priorities, our research staff, and the opportunities available to students.

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Shout Out Loud

Shout Out Loud is English Heritage’s national youth engagement programme for young people, by young people. Read more about what we do and find out how you can get involved.

Shout Out Loud is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund #KicktheDust programme.

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