Heritage At Risk - Origins of The Survey

Origins of The Survey

Heritage at Risk initially focussed on buildings. English Heritage developed a methodology for assessing building at risk in the mid-1980s and worked with a number of local planning authorities to carry out surveys of listed buildings to identify which were are risk. Ipswich Borough Council has continued to maintain its buildings at risk register since 1987. SAVE Britain's Heritage (SAVE) has compiled a register of buildings at risk since 1989.

English Heritage published its first Register of Buildings at Risk in London in 1991. It only included listed buildings in London. This was followed by publication of the national Buildings at Risk sample survey in 1992. The Buildings at Risk Register was extended nationally to all Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings and structural scheduled monuments in England in 1998.

This was produced annually by English Heritage until 2008, when the scope was extended to include all heritage assets that receive some measure of legal protection through the designation system. Between 2008 and 2010 scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields, protected wreck sites and conservation areas (as well as listed buildings) were added to the Register.

Since 2009 each annual report has focussed on a particular category of asset:

  • 2009: Conservation Areas;
  • 2010: Places of Worship;
  • 2011: Industrial Heritage.

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