Dr Linda Monckton
Historic Environment Intelligence Analyst
 To predict and respond to the impacts of
cultural change and their impact on the historic
 Identifying & Assessing threats and
opportunities arising from major social drivers
 The team covers the impacts of the following
 Environmental
 Climatic change
 Development
 Local Government
 Resources
 Social
 Marine
 Professional Skills
NHPP in outline
 8 Measures
 Foresight
 Assessing Threat
 Identifying HE
 Assessing Significance
 Delivering Protection
 Managing Change
 Protecting our Properties
 Advice and Grants
NHPP in outline
Structure and terminology
 62 Activities across the 8
 Each Activity summarises a
key issue
NHPP Measure 2 Threat assessment
Measure 2 comprises 14 strategic
 2A Development Impacts
 2A1 Development pressure
 2A2 Impact of carbon challenge
 2B Social Impacts
 2B1 Neglect
 2B2 Heritage crime
 2B3 Recreational activities
 2C Environmental Impacts
 2C1 Major environmental threats
 2C2 Attritional environmental threats
NHPP 2B2 Heritage Crime
Some 70,000 listed buildings - 18.7% of the entire stock of
listed buildings in England - were last year physically harmed
by crime. For some 30,000 listed buildings - or 8% of the entire
stock - the damage was substantial.
Our most precious buildings are the worst affected. 22.7% of
grade I or II* buildings were subject to heritage crime last year,
compared with 18.3% of grade II buildings. 15.3% of scheduled
monuments were affected.
Churches and other religious buildings face the greatest threat
with 37.5% (three in eight) damaged by crime last year.
Metal theft is the biggest single threat. Around 5.3% of listed
buildings were affected by it, but this nearly trebles for
churches, with 14.3% affected last year.
Anti-social behaviour around heritage assets are commonplace
with 12.3% of heritage assets affected last year. Anti-social
behaviour is the single most common heritage crime facing
scheduled monuments
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Foundational sites
Denominational focus
Geographical focus
Faith group evolution and
• Re-use and adaptation
• Values
Past projects
Religion and Place
• Liverpool’s historic
places of worship
• Religion and Place in
• Religion and Place
on Tower Hamlets
NHPP Measure 4: Significance
17 activities in this Measure covering a
range of topics ranging from
– Historic towns and suburbs
– Traditional industry, modern industry,
mining and associated housing
– Field systems
– Pleistocene and early Holocene
2 of them relate to places of worship and
cemeteries and burial grounds
NHPP Places of Worship
1. Assessment of significance of C20th
faith buildings establishing nature of
resource, types of assets and criteria
2. Developing the evidence base for nonChristian places of worship through
(a) completion of a national survey of Islamic faith
(b) scoping and assessing current knowledge of
buildings and relevant practices of minority
non-Christian faith groups
•Showcase history of Islamic faith buildings and
their part in our national story
•Enhance understanding of the significant
contribution of mosque buildings to the architectural
and social identity of Britain
•Enable discussions about potentially nationally
significant buildings
•Enhance the English Heritage photographic archive
•Update the develop our standard data terms and
thesauri used to index national and local historic
environment records
NHPP Places of Worship
3. Protection of Christian Places of
Worship through informed
management of change
- rapid thematic assessments of
Roman Catholic parish and mass
centres (by Diocese)
- rapid assessments of places of
worship with a strong focus on
Nonconformist chapels
There are 3,254 Roman Catholic churches in
England, of which 625 (18% are listed).
This represents 3.96% of listed Places of Worship
Since 2005 the RC Dioceses in England have taken
forward ‘Taking Stock’ with grant aid totally £300,000
from EH
15 out of 19 of all RC dioceses in England have
either completed or are committed to Taking Stock.
NHPP Places of Worship
4. Assessing significance of the
historic interiors of places of
worship to reduce
substantial and accretive
Church seating
Historic chapel and church
interiors significance
Guidance for assessing
- Aims to address the most
threatened or least well
understood areas, with a focus
on understanding the holistic
character of historic interiors
NHPP Burial Grounds
1. Significance assessments and
enhanced HER records leading to
publication and significance
2. Toolkits for recording
3. Enhanced protection of historic non
Christian (especially) Jewish
cemeteries with specific aim of
incorporating elements of self
assessment and capture of
communal values
NHPP Burial Grounds
4. Enhancing a specific protection of
nationally significant monuments
within registered cemeteries
5.Create confidence and optimism
in designing re-use solutions for
neglected historic cemeteries