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United Kingdom[edit]

Endangered Heritage in UK[edit]

There are 15 sites in the UK listed on the World Monuments Fund World Monuments Watch (2016, 2014, 2012, 2010 lists), the highest of any country in Europe.

  1. Moseley Road Baths
  2. Wentworth Woodhouse
  3. Grimsby Ice Factory and Kasbah
  4. Deptford Dockyard and Sayes Court Garden
  5. Sulgrave Manor
  6. Battersea Power Station
  7. Ruins of the Former Cathedral Church of St. Michael, Coventry
  8. Newstead Abbey
  9. Quarr Abbey
  10. British Brutalism
  11. Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church
  12. Tecton Buildings At Dudley Zoological Gardens
  13. Sheerness Dockyard
  14. St. John the Evangelist Parish Church, Shobdon
  15. Edinburgh Historic Graveyards

Additionally Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City is listed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Historic England produces annual Heritage at Risk registers. As of 2016, there are 5,341 historic sites on the register. Wales has an analogous list for listed buildings, refreshed in full every fives years. The 2013 report found that 2,673 buildings were 'At Risk'. Also has a 'Monuments at Risk' survey. Scotland's Buildings at Risk Register has 2,519 sites which are 'At Risk'.

Wikimedia activity in the UK[edit]

Wikimedia UK is an official Wikimedia chapter, the UK took part in Wiki Loves Monuments in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Immovable cultural heritage management in the UK[edit]

"Heritage, culture, planning and conservation are devolved issues in the United Kingdom, and are dealt with by the governments of the constituent countries. England, which does not have its own devolved government, is covered by an agency of the United Kingdom government. See also Historic Environment Record (HERs) and Sites and Monuments Record (SMRs) maintained usually at a local government level (Archaeological Trusts in Wales). The Schedule of Ancient Monuments (follows on pre-devolution 1979 Act of Parliament)


  • Historic England, an executive agency of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. Maintains the National Heritage List for England.
  • English Heritage, charity which manages 400 historic sites including Stonehenge and Dover Castle.
  • The National Heritage List for England (launched May 2011). Contains list of all scheduled monuments, listed buildings, registered parks and gardens, historic wrecks and registered historic battlefields in England[42]
  • English Heritage Archive: formerly the National Monuments Record (England)
  • Register of Parks and Gardens[43]
  • Registered Battlefields (UK)
  • Protection of Wrecks Act 1973
  • Heritage at Risk
  • Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Environment Agency, an executive agency within the Department of the Environment


  • Historic Scotland, an executive agency of the Scottish Executive Education Department
  • Inventory of Historic Battlefields
  • Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) – executive non-departmental public body
  • National Monuments Record of Scotland (NMRS): the archive formerly known as the Scottish National Buildings Record
  • CANMORE: a database that is part of the NMRS


  • Cadw, an agency of the Welsh Assembly Government
  • Scheduled Monuments in Wales
  • Cadw/ICOMOS Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, a Welsh Government sponsored body
  • National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW)
  • Coflein: the online database for the NMRW"

Legal protection for immovable cultural heritage works in the UK[edit]

Scheduling and listing gives historic buildings and archaeological sites legal protection from unauthorised change.

In addition, the Planning Practice Guidance notes that "Local planning authorities are required to consult or notify Historic England, The Gardens Trust (formerly known as The Garden History Society) and the National Amenity Societies (ie the Ancient Monuments Society, the Council for British Archaeology, the Georgian Group, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Victorian Society and the Twentieth Century Society) on certain applications."

Policy decisions on access to public information[edit]

Legislations hindering the distribution of pictures in the UK[edit]

Freedom of panorama allowed for 3D works and 2D works of artistic craftsmanship

Museums or archives that might be willing to make their digitized material available under a free license[edit]

Wikimedia Phabricator task[edit]

A task has been created on Wikimedia Phabricator here for importing the data into Wikidata.