Freedom of information

Freedom of information

Find out how to locate or request information published by English Heritage in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004 and Data Protection Legislation

How to make a request

The FOI Act states that all requests have to:

  • be in writing
  • specify the information requested
  • provide a name and contact details for response

They should be directed to the Senior Information Officer.
The Environmental Information Regulations do not state that a request has to be in writing, so you can place a request verbally (tel: 01793 414567). However it may be better, for the sake of clarity, if you write to us. If you do phone we will let you know if you have requested information that is not covered by the EIRs and you will then need to place your request in writing.
English Heritage makes certain types of information routinely available to the public. This information is detailed in our Publication Scheme.

When can I expect to receive a reply?

In all cases public authorities must respond within 20 working days of receipt of your request.

Will I get what I ask for?
We aim to provide information that is requested, but it is not always possible. A request can be refused for reasons such as commercial confidentiality or a risk of breaching the Data Protection Act. Reasons not to supply information will be explained when we reply. If you are unhappy with the response, you can request an internal review.

Subject Access Requests

Data protection legislation gives you the right to request access to personal information about you which is processed by English Heritage.

You can make a request for a copy of the information we hold about you by completing this Subject Access Request form. Please provide any additional information that is relevant to the nature of your contact with us as this will help us to locate your records.

Before we can respond to your request we require proof of identification.  Please submit a copy of your identification documents along with your request.  Acceptable identification documents include:

current driver's licence

current passport

birth certificate

If you are making a request on behalf of someone else, you will need to provide proof of identity for yourself and the data subject.  We also need a letter from the data subject authorising the request on their behalf.

The completed form along with proof of identity should be sent to:

Information Governance Manager
English Heritage
The Engine House
Fire Fly Avenue 
Swindon SN2 2EH

Alternatively email the request along with scans or photographs of your identification documents to

We will provide a copy of your personal information free of charge and usually within one month of receipt.  Where a request is complex or numerous we may extend the deadline by a further two months.  If this is the case we will let you know within one month of the receipt of the request and explain why the extension is necessary.

If the request is considered to be manifestly unfounded or excessive we may refuse to respond.  If we do refuse to respond to a request we will explain why and provide you with information about how to complain.

If you would like more information, or have any questions about this policy, to make a formal complaint about our approach to data protection or raise privacy concerns please contact the Information Governance Manager.

If you would like to make a complaint in relation to how we have handled your personal information please contact us.  If you are not happy with the response you receive then you can raise your complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Alternatively you can visit their website

Rights of Review and Appeal

If you feel that either the FOI Act or EIRs have been applied incorrectly you have the right to request an internal review. Such requests should be submitted in writing to:

Head of Legal Department
Historic England
4th Floor
Cannon Bridge House
25 Dowgate Hill

Or Email

Requests should be submitted within 2 months of receiving a Freedom of Information response, and within 40 days of receiving an Environmental Information Regulations response.

An internal review must normally be completed before a review is requested from the Information Commissioner.

Review by the Information Commissioner

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, or the handling of the internal review conducted by us, you may seek an independent review from the Information Commissioner.
Requests for a review by the Information Commissioner should be made to:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone: 01625-545700
Fax: 01625 524510