Benefits to the nation's cultural heritage

The Designation scheme benefits England's cultural heritage by:

  • identifying nationally significant cultural assets in museums, libraries and archives and building a strong understanding of our shared heritage
  • revealing the strengths of England's leading collections described by geographic area, subject and quality
  • guarding against the neglect or disposal of the nation's treasures
  • helping to ensure that funding can be directed rationally

Benefits for organisations

Identification of Designated collections brings many benefits to individual organisations, including:

  • strengthened support from their governing bodies
  • enhanced ability to raise funds to support the collection
  • added profile-raising at national level through promotional materials and press coverage
  • the creation of a focus for advocacy and awareness-raising