Campaign seeks public's knowledge of historic places

By Jon Bauckham, 19 July 2016 - 11:04am

Historic England has launched a crowdsourcing initiative to help gather extra information about the nation's 400,000 listed buildings and places

Enrich the List St Swithun's Church East Grinstead

The public can now add comments and photos to listed building descriptions

Members of the public are being asked to share their knowledge of England’s listed buildings and monuments.

The crowdsourcing initiative, dubbed ‘Enrich the List’, has been launched by Historic England, which looks after the listing process.

Established in 1882, the system helps to protect sites of historic importance from destruction, including palaces, pigsties, windmills, cathedrals and even rollercoasters.

To contribute, users need to navigate to www.HistoricEngland.org.uk/etl, where the entire database can be searched for free.

Once a relevant entry has been found, people can upload their own comments, stories and photographs via a form at the bottom of the page.

“The history of our land and its people is marked in the fabric of England’s places,” said Roger Bowdler, Director of Listing at Historic England.

“The List is a free resource holding details of the most significant of these, so they can be understood and protected for the future. Many buildings on The List are well known and even world-famous. But in some cases there is much that remains unknown.

“That’s why we need your help – so we can share images, insights and understanding of England's special places, and capture these for future generations.”

Although posts will be vetted to prevent spam, it is up to users to make sure their submissions are factually accurate.

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