Protocol for the Care of the Government Historic Estate

Date published: 17 January 2019

Last updated: 17 April 2023

A document set out by the Executive explaining how departments and agencies will put their commitment into practice for caring and protecting historic estates.


The Protocol sets out what the Executive requires from all central government departments and agencies. It supersedes UK guidance of the same name, issued in 2003 by the Department of Culture Media and Sport.

All government departments report biennially to us on their heritage assets and we compile a report which is submitted to the Communities Committee of the NI Assembly. Four reports on the management of the government’s historic estate have been produced to date. In 2021, given the impact of COVID-19, a short questionnaire was circulated.

The next report is due with the Assembly in the Autumn of 2023. Information covering the period 2021-2023 is currently being collected.


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