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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: In line with government guidance, we’re pleased to confirm we’re now taking bookings online. For details on open sites, indoor spaces, and other facilities available for education groups, please see our what to expect page. Visitor numbers are limited, and all bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance. Our COVID-secure measures will remain in place until all restrictions are lifted.

English Heritage are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors aged 16 years and over. The information that you provide will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested. For information, please see our what to expect page.

School Visits

Whatever your subject or area of study, let us help you create unique and memorable learning experiences for your learners. Whether you're exploring on one of our free self-led visits, or as part of our hands-on and immersive Discovery Visit workshops, our resources and programmes have been designed in line with curriculum study and can help cover a wide range of topics for different key stages. 

Our COVID-secure measures will remain in place until all restrictions are lifted. Visitor numbers are limited, and all bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance. Check out our what to expect page to learn more about what we have in place.

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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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