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Public Asked to Chronicle the Nation’s Missing History

Published 7 June 2016 on https://www.historicengland.org.uk/news-and-features/news/public-asked-to-chronicle-nations-missing-history

  • For the first time ever, Historic England has opened up the nation's list of historic buildings and places to public contributions
  • New drive to crowd-source knowledge and photographs for the official list of England's 400,000 most significant historic places
  • 99% of us in England live within one mile of a listed building or place
  • 21 of the most weird and wonderful historic places to inspire you to share your stories and images

From the hut where the smallpox vaccination was first performed in 1796, to the headstone of a young woman eaten by a tiger that escaped from a travelling menagerie; from a monks' lavatory, to a gibbet post for punishing a murderer; from Britain's first mosque to the Edgbaston tower that is thought to have inspired JRR Tolkien; Historic England is today asking for the public's help to chronicle the history of the buildings and places on The List (the National Heritage List for England). The List identifies the buildings, sites and landscapes which receive special protection, so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

The List is a unique record of England's evolving history. 99% of people in England live within a mile of a listed building or place and there are many secrets to uncover and stories to be shared. For the first time ever, Historic England is asking the public to share their knowledge and photos of England's most treasured historic places. The selection below is just the start of a major drive for public contributions to enrich the whole List.

To learn more and Share Your Knowledge visit: https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/enrich-the-list/