Historic England Annual Report and Accounts 2015/16
The first Annual Report and Accounts of Historic England was laid in Parliament yesterday (18 July).
Some of the highlights of the year include:
- The excavation of the Bronze Age Village at Must Farm, near Peterborough, now considered the most complete example of its period in Western Europe. This is a place of international significance where the discoveries have been startling. And Must Farm was only one of three hundred research projects we funded in the year.
- Our planning advice on numerous projects to revive historic structures: from the vast Battersea Power Station complex in London to small redundant 18th century agricultural barns. There have also been many successes in removing sites from the Heritage at Risk Register.
- Our Heritage Schools team has brought history to life for over 100,000 primary school children whilst our first exhibition - Out There: Our Post-war Public Art - has raised awareness of long forgotten sculptures commissioned across England as towns and cities rebuilt the damage suffered during the Second World War.
- 704 war memorials have been listed to coincide with the nation's commemoration of the First World War and places as varied as the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a secret Second World War wireless station and the building where the Sex Pistols formed and rehearsed have been added to the National Heritage List for England.
- For the first time ever, Historic England has opened up the nation's list of historic buildings and places to public contributions through the crowdsourcing project, Enriching the List.