Caring for our Heritage – A Survey of Listed Building Owners in England


Historic England

In 2015 Historic England appointed Ecorys UK and Alastair Coey Architects (ACA) to conduct the first comprehensive survey historic property owners across England.

The survey of over 1,000 listed building owners across England forms a key plank of Heritage Counts 2015, the annual survey of the state of England's historic environment.

Ecorys designed and conducted a mixed method online and postal survey exploring the views and experiences of those responsible for looking after the local historic environment.

The results revealed that owners are proud to be conserving heritage for the future with most believing that their homes were very important to the character of the local area. 

The survey also revealed the challenges faced by historic property owners and the importance of access to specialist advice and support services. 

“I am delighted that the research carried out for Heritage Counts this year confirms what many of us have long believed – that owners of historic buildings care deeply about them and want to look after them as well as they possibly can.”
John Sell, Chair of the Historic Environment Forum

The findings will help Historic England in their role to support and advocate for the historic environment in England, providing a valuable contribution to the national debate.

For more information please contact:  Louise Scott, Associate Director: