The first Blue Plaque in the new national scheme, run by Historic England on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, to Daphne Steele, the first Black Matron in the NHS, with her son, Robert Steele. © Historic England

The National Blue Plaques scheme celebrates extraordinary people from ordinary communities across England

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We are an independent charity that raises funds for outstanding heritage projects.

With the support of generous funders and individuals, we build on the work of Historic England, the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate the history that surrounds us.

We fund projects that improve people's lives and protect the historic environment, but can't be funded by government alone, from small and innovative pilot schemes to major national interventions.

A view of the Main Mill and Kiln at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

We raised over £1 million to restore Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, the 'grandparent of the skyscraper'.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings © Historic England
A conservator examining a glass plate negative.

We've funded the digitisation and conservation of historically important photographs in the Historic England Archive and made them available to everyone online.

Historic England Archive staff member Saya Miles conserving a glass plate negative. Historic England Archive, Swindon. © Historic England DP164905
Three people repairing a brick wall.

We've enabled funding for a major training and apprenticeship programme to save endangered heritage building skills.

Participants on the Heritage Building Skills Programme learning traditional techniques to repair pointing from Emma Simpson, a specialist in the conservation of traditional brickwork. © Historic England

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From saving neglected buildings to enabling people of all ages to learn about our shared heritage, together we can protect the nation’s treasured places and look after England’s past and future.

Two construction workers in high-vis jackets working on roof
The re-roofing of the Cross Mill in 2021 © Historic England


Your gift could:

  • help young people to learn more about their local area's past
  • protect treasured buildings from the impacts of climate change
  • preserve traditional building skills and conservation methods
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No matter what size, a gift in your Will could help us to champion heritage and change lives.

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If you have a general enquiry or wish to support the work of The Historic England Foundation, please email us:

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Two engineers using a theodolite at a construction site by the sea.
J Bowker and A Manning with the 'Jay Robertson' in the background, a large jack-up barge working in the River Severn during the construction of the Second Severn Crossing. Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection. JLP01/10/54656.