Protecting Our Heritage
Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.
There are several organisations, both national and international, whose aims are to protect our heritage for future generations.
Historic England are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment, protecting and championing historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them and ensuring that its past is researched and understood.
ICOMOS-UK is the UK national committee of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), which has a special role as official adviser to UNESCO on cultural World Heritage Sites.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK since 1994 and the leading advocate for the value of heritage. It supports the full breadth of heritage, investing £375 million each year.
World Heritage:UK (WH:UK) is an organisation set up to undertake networking, advocacy and promotion for the UK’s 29 outstanding World Heritage Sites, and the Tentative List Sites progressing towards World Heritage Status.
The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage, better known by the more manageable TICCIH (pronounced “ticky”), is the world organization for industrial heritage. Its goals are to promote international cooperation in preserving, conserving, investigating, documenting, researching, interpreting, and advancing education of the industrial heritage.
Download the TICCIH principles
UNESCO: A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance.
UNESCO designation as a World Heritage Site provides prima facie evidence that such culturally sensitive sites are legally protected pursuant to the Law of War, under the Geneva Convention, its articles, protocols and customs, together with other treaties including the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and international law.