English Heritage is the national agency for archaeology, heritage and conservation
in England, the government’s primary adviser on such matters. We work in partnership
with local government, non-governmental agencies, community bodies and landowners
to protect the historic environment, and ensure that it makes its proper contribution
to society and the modern world. We advise government and others on the significance
and value of all aspects of the historic environment, and on its protection,
maintenance, management and use. In addition, we look after approximately 400
of the most important historic monuments.
The Monuments Protection Programme (MPP) is the department of English Heritage
that carries out strategic long-term thematic reviews of the country’s archaeological
One result of this work is the designation of protected sites - "scheduled
monuments"- but equally important is the creation of nationally-comprehensive
information for use in all areas of heritage management.
The MPP also carries out English Heritage’s programme of Historic Landscape
Characterisation (HLC). We work in co-operation with County Councils and their
Sites and Monuments Registers (www.algao.org.uk).
HLC is providing one of the starting points for EH’s involvement in the European
Pathways to the Cultural Landscape programme.