Protocol for the Care of the Government Historic Estate

Date published: 17 January 2019

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. Three reports on the management of the government’s historic estate have been produced to date.  This year, given the impact of Covid19, a short questionnaire has been circulated.

The most recent full report covers the period 2015-2017 and includes consideration of the wider impacts of government departments' long term management of heritage assets including legacy disposals


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