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English Heritage is the Government's statutory adviser on the historic environment. Officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, English Heritage is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Our powers and responsibilities are set out in the National Heritage Act (1983) and today we report to Parliament through the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

The work of English Heritage is overseen by a Chairman and a board of up to 16 Commissioners selected by the Government for the breadth of their national and regional expertise. The Commission is, in turn, advised by 13 expert advisory committees and panels.

English Heritage is proud of its commitment to heritage education. We aim to help teachers and those involved in education – at all levels – to use the historic environment as a resource, right across the curriculum. To book Discovery Visits for school groups please contact the region where the site you intend to visit is based (more information on our regions can be found on the English Heritage website).
East Midlands - All sites: 01604 735440
East of England - All sites: 01223 581732
London - All sites: 020 7499 5676 (ext 23)
North East - All sites: 01904 601917
North West - All sites: 01904 601917
South East - Isle of Wight: 01983 280201; Dover, Deal and Walmer: 01304 209899; All other sites: 01483 252013
South West - Stonehenge: 0117 975 0688; All other sites: 0117 975 0720
West Midlands - All sites: 0121 625 6864
Yorkshire and the Humber - All sites: 01904 601917

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See also

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Our Faith Buildings Film


We celebrate architectural, cultural and religious heritage for its diversity, but it is the similarities between places and people which give us an important shared heritage. Our Faith Buildings is a film featuring local children, exploring Wolverhampton’s religious heritage and offering an introduction to how Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and different Christian denominations use nine local faith buildings.
The film is being made available as an educational resource to be used within the National Curriculum’s Citizenship and Religious Studies programmes.

How to obtain

If you would like a copy of the film, please contact Suzanne Carter, Outreach Officer for English Heritage on 0121 625 6870 or email suzanne.carter@english-heritage.org.uk



In association with the History Channel, the English Heritage website now offers online video channels. In your own time, watch a selection of videos ranging from Terry Deary's 5 Horrid Things About English History to celebrities exploring their favourite English Heritage properties. Learn about current campaigns and conservation projects, experience events such as the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings, and follow how-to guides to pick up skills from the past.

HELM (Historic Environment Local Management)


HELM provides accessible information, training and guidance to decision makers in local authorities, regional agencies and national organisations whose actions affect the historic environment. The HELM programme offers training courses and workshops, providing the tools to manage change in the historic environment with increased skill and confidence.
The HELM website offers expert guidance, publications and policy statements, covering a range of subjects including climate change and the impact of renewable energy sources on the historic environment; regeneration; the investigation and recording of historic buildings; mineral extraction; the future of historic school buildin

Heritage Learning


Heritage Learning is our full-colour magazine for teachers published twice a year. Copies are mailed to all schools in England and are available free of charge through our mailing list.
Each issue includes teaching ideas and resources.


  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

If you would like a copy of the latest issue or would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an e-mail to education@english-heritage.org.uk.

Heritage Learning Teacher's Kit (Art and Design issue)


A downloadable teaching resource, this teacher’s kit looks at ways of using historic buildings and sites to support the Art and Design National Curriculum schemes of work. Activities are included to support KS1, KS2 & KS3 schemes of work,helping pupils to interpret historic buildings and aiming to provide inspiration and a basis for investigating and making activities.


  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

Please click on the link to download.

Heritage Open Days Classroom


HODs classroom is a new online multi-media resource, designed to inspire teachers to use the built environment across the curriculum, inside adn outside the classroom. Produced by the Civic Trust as part of its HLF-supported Heritage Open Days education programme, it promotes teh concept of civic pride adn community awareness as an inetgral part of citizenship education. Using many places open for Heritage Open Days as examples, HODs Classroom activities and media enable pupils to engage with, to understand and to value their local environment.

Images of England


Images of England is a "point in time"; photographic library of England's listed buildings, recorded at the turn of the 21st century.
You can view over 300,000 images of England's built heritage from lamp posts to lavatories, phone boxes to toll booths, mile stones to gravestones, as well as thousands of bridges, historic houses and churches.

Images of England - Seaside


The images can be dramatically displayed for whole class teaching on a whiteboard or copied onto acetates and projected on an OHP. You can print out individual images or captions or copy them into a worksheet of your own design.
Pupils could do further research and show their findings in a presentation illustrated with these images.



Discover England's archaeological and architectural heritage.
PastScape is a quick and easy way to search nearly 400,000 records held in our national historic environment database.
You'll find information on archaeological, architectural and maritime sites, pictures (where available), links to maps, aerial photographs and other websites which we think might interest you.



Use the ViewFinder website to find historic photographs of England.
The photographs on ViewFinder are all held by the National Monuments Record, the public archive of English Heritage. They date from the 1850s and are a resource for people interested in England's social, industrial, architectural and archaeological history.
Our Photo Essays provide commentaries alongside selected images and cover subjects such as London's Docks, prefabs, Sheffield's metal trades, women at work, windmills, and much more.

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1 Waterhouse Square
138 - 142 Holborn
Greater London


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All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.