The financial year 2022-23 was another year of challenge and opportunity for the historic environment sector. As the sector continued to respond and adapt to the longer-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, it also grappled with the uncertain economic landscape brought about by the war in Ukraine, ministerial and machinery of Government changes, and the growing risks presented by climate change.  But as this edition of the Heritage Environment Overview demonstrates, there has also been much to celebrate and reflect on over the course of 2022- 23. It has been a year of milestones: from the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall to the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Alliance, from the Council for British Archaeology’s national youth consultation to the new project partnership made between Age-UK and Historic England. Across the year – and despite operating in difficult circumstances – the sector has shown up and provided opportunities for people to learn, experience and benefit from England’s historic environment.

The Historic Environment Overview 2022-23 is a Heritage Counts product. This year’s edition has been produced by the Historic Environment Forum with support from the National Trust and Historic England.