Enriching the List

28 September 2016

Industry news

The history of our land and its people is marked in the fabric of England’s buildings and places. The most significant of these are listed, so they can be understood and protected for the future. The List started its life in 1882, when the first powers of protection were established. It includes buildings, ancient monuments, shipwrecks, parks, gardens and battlefields. You can search every entry for free online.

Look up the entry for a building or structure near you and be surprised by the information you find. Where a building was listed before 1984, the entry is probably quite brief, providing little more than a short description of the property. More recent entries on the other hand, will usually include an explanation of why the structure was listed and highlighting its interesting features. However, none of the list entries include images, and typically very brief social history if any.

This year, for the first time in history, Historic England is inviting the public to join it in keeping The List rich, relevant and up-to-date. It is opening it up and asking people and community groups across England to share their knowledge and pictures, so it can record important facts about places, and even unlock the secrets of some.

If you have images of any listed site, do share them to the List with your credit. When approved, your image will remain on this national database, accessed worldwide around 200,000 times every month.  The List is now open for you to register and share your images, insights and even secrets of England’s special places, capturing them for future generations.

Historic England is sensitive sensitive to the needs of privately owned buildings and each contribution received will be moderated by a team of assessors before it goes live. All entries will be formally separate from the ‘official’ part of the entry.

Full terms and conditions for the project can be found on the Historic England website.

Enriching the List marks a new epoch in the history of protecting our past. 

Find out more about Enriching the List or contact the project by email at: EnrichingTheList@HistoricEngland.org.uk

• Royal Photographic Society members and English Heritage, Historic England's predecessor body, have previously worked together on the Images of England millennium project.

Image: Preston Bus Station & Car Park, Grade II