Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

Photographing Scheduled Monuments

Part of the reason for this website is to allow people to submit their own photos of scheduled monuments. However, it's important that any photos published here are taken in accordance with both the law and respect for monument owners.

As far as the law is concerned, you do not need permission to take photos of any monument, provided you do not breach anyone's privacy by doing so. There are a few exceptions to this, mainly where the subject of the photo is a military establishment or other protected location, but the vast majority of Scheduled Monuments can be freely photographed without permission provided that you don't break any other laws in the process.

However, just because something is legal doesn't always make it desirable, and therefore we ask you to follow these simple guidelines when photographing Scheduled Monuments:

  1. Make sure that you only take photos of monuments from a public place, or somewhere that can be accessed without breaching the privacy or security of any property occupants.
  2. Don't take photos that include people on private premises not open to the public.
    • Public crowd scenes (eg, in a street which includes a scheduled monument, or a monument which is open to the public) are OK, but not private property owners, residents, workers or their visitors unless you have their permission.
  3. Don't take photos that include the interior of any residential premises not open to the public
    • The exterior of any monument visible from a public place is public information. But don't take photos of the interior of residential buildings, eg through open doors or windows, unless you have the permission of the occupants.

Obviously, if you have permission to be on the premises, or it's a monument that you own or occupy, then you can ignore these guidelines. And we do encourage monument occupants to submit photos of their own property, particularly aspects which are not normally visible to the public. But if you're photographing someone else's property then it's important not to go beyond these guidelines without explicit permission.

Submission Guidelines

We also ask that you make sure that your photos meet a few basic requirements for submission to the website.

  1. Make sure that your photo is correctly oriented, with the sky (or roof) at the top! It's surprising how many we get that have to be rejected because the photo is on its side, or even upside down.
  2. Don't overdo it with Photoshop. Basic tweaks to a photo (eg, getting the colour balance right) are fine, but don't use any visible effects.
  3. If you must include a watermark, keep it discreet. A small watermark advertising your website is OK, provided that it consists of nothing more than a single, small line of text at the bottom of the image. Anything larger, or that obscures the main subject of the photo, will be rejected.
  4. Don't add any border to the photo.
  5. If you're submitting an old photo scanned from a print or slide, crop it so that there is no border.
  6. Don't submit old photos scanned from books. Apart from the risk of infringing copyright, images that are scans of anything other than a flat print will look awful. is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.