Department for Communities Northern Ireland - Historic Environment Division


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The Historic Environment Division [HED] of Northern Ireland's Department for Communities [DfC] has the statutory responsibility for the protection of the historic environment in Northern Ireland. The divisional aim is ‘Supporting and sustaining vibrant communities and a strong economy through realising the significant, ongoing value of our historic environment’.

HED manages just over one hundred and ninety monuments in the care of the Department for Communities There are presently over eight thousand eight hundred listed buildings of which over nine hundred are listed places of worship and over one thousand nine hundred monuments are protected through scheduling. In addition, there are over sixteen thousand recorded archaeological sites across NI.

HED carries out statutory duties in respect of the wider historic environment, notably protection and designation functions, offering financial assistance, providing general leadership for the historic environment sector and engaging stakeholders and communities.

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