A sunlit street of yellow stone buildings of classical design with pedestrians passing by.
Grainger Town in Newcastle is an area of fine 1830s buildings. It was at risk and in decline in the 1990s. Thanks to partnership working, buildings have been repaired and it’s a loved part of the city © Historic England Archive DP175697
Grainger Town in Newcastle is an area of fine 1830s buildings. It was at risk and in decline in the 1990s. Thanks to partnership working, buildings have been repaired and it’s a loved part of the city © Historic England Archive DP175697

Saving Heritage at Risk Since 1998

Back in 1998, we published our first ever Register of Buildings at Risk across England. It featured 1,930 buildings and structural scheduled monuments that were neglected, broken and unloved.

More than two decades on, we're delighted that over two-thirds of the buildings and structures on the 1998 Register are now safe. Heritage has been rescued in urban and rural areas right across England.

Saved from the 1998 Register

We've picked 20 places from the first Heritage at Risk Register which have since been rescued. 

How can we help heritage at risk?

It's thanks to the vision of developers, investors, conservation professionals, trusts and friends groups, as well as cooperative working between owners, local authorities and funders that repair and reuse projects are often so successful.

However, lack of funding and expertise can prevent owners from repairing their buildings.

We've given around £50million in grants to help repair buildings at risk since 1998 and provided bespoke advice and guidance for many more. Our tailored advice plays an important role in brokering solutions, helping the often complex task of turning visions into reality.

We will continue to champion heritage at risk, ensuring that irreplaceable heritage can make its fullest possible contribution to society now and for many years to come.

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