Department for Communities Northern Ireland

Historic Environment Division [HED] within the Department for Communities is the Government lead on the historic environment of Northern Ireland. It provides an expert advisory service, it gives constructive advice to district councils, owners and the public and it champions historic places helping people to understand, value and care for them, now and for the future. The Division’s Aim is ‘Helping communities to enjoy and realise the value of our historic environment’.

The Division has statutory functions- principally maintaining State Care Monuments and designating scheduled monuments and listed buildings. It works with DAERA to help protect the historic marine environment and with local councils to help develop policies to protect listed buildings, historic gardens, designed landscapes, historic battlefields, areas of archaeological potential and buildings of local importance.

The Division distributes funding for the historic environment through the ‘Historic Environment Fund’ and works in collaboration with a very wide range of individuals and organisations in the public, private and third sectors to ensure that, together, we can record, protect, conserve and promote Northern Ireland’s heritage in ways which support and sustain the economy and communities.

The Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI)  holds significant collections and information relating archaeological sites and monuments, historic buildings, designed landscapes, and industrial, defence and maritime heritage sites. HERoNI can be accessed online or by visiting Klondyke Building, Cromac Avenue, Gasworks Business Park, Belfast, BT7 2JA. You can also telephone (028) 9056 9701 or email

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