English Heritage is a public body with responsibility for all aspects of protecting and promoting the historic environment in England. Officially known as the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England, English Heritage is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
English Heritage is often seen only in connection with the monuments and properties it looks after, but it also stores and preserves a huge pictorial record of English social history, which is often overlooked. This initial selection of material by photographer John Gay is a unique opportunity to glimpse the England of the mid-20th century and all aspects of its society.
The role of English Heritage is to improve understanding of the past through research and study and provide conservation grants, advisory and education services. Also to identify and help to protect buildings and archaeological sites of national importance. It maintains over 400 historic properties and makes them accessible to the broadest possible public audience. This fits well with the Mary Evans ethos to make history in all its forms available to a worldwide audience and preserve cultural heritage for the future.