English Heritage is a public body with responsibility for all aspects of protecting and promoting the historic environment in England. 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 include acting as the Government's statutory advisor on the historic environment. We also work closely with the Departments for Communities and Local Government and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
English Heritage receives around 75% of its income from the Government and the rest from revenue earned from membership, the properties in itís care and other sources like legacies.
The work of English Heritage is overseen by a board of up to 17 Commissioners selected by the Government for the breadth of their expertise. The Commission is, in turn, advised by expert advisory committees and panels.
What does English Heritage do?
English Heritage is the Governmentís statutory adviser on the historic environment. Our role is to champion and care for the historic environment which we do by:
* Improving understanding of the past through research and study
* Providing conservation grants, advisory and education services
* Identifying and helping to protect buldings and archaeological sites of national importance
* Maintaining over 400 historic properties and making them accessible to the broadest possible public audience
* Maintaining the National Monuments Record as the central publicly accessible archive for the historic environment in England.
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