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The National Importance Programme

The National Importance Programme has recently been set up by English Heritage with representatives from across EH, ALGAO and DCMS to explore, via a series of pilot projects, how we might help historic environment services identify non-scheduled but nationally important archaeological sites.

A Call for Proposals for Pilot Projects is now available on the National Heritage Protection Commissions Programme webpage

The pilot projects are designed to explore the issues which include:

  • sites that cannot be scheduled under the terms of the 1979 Act, termed ‘sites without structure’

  • how to map large rural landscape-scale sites containing many monuments and how to define boundaries

  • how to assess national importance and define boundaries in urban contexts

  • where the gaps are in our knowledge of certain site types

  • time and resources required to identify nationally important undesignated sites

The projects are being lead by the Designation Department. For further questions about the projects please contact, Paul Jeffery, Programme Manager paulphilip [dot] jeffery [at] english-heritage [dot] org [dot] uk or Carrie Cowan, Project Officer carrie [dot] cowan [at] english-heritage [dot] org [dot] uk