What is a Scheduled Monument?

A Scheduled Monument (SM) is a protected archaeological site or historic building of national importance.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for identifying and scheduling (registering) new sites, as well as ensuring that scheduled sites are protected. Historic England advises on these matters.

The schedule currently includes about 19,700 entries. These range from prehistoric standing stones and burial mounds to more recent structures such as collieries and wartime pill-boxes.

Scheduled Monuments in Dorset

There are hundreds of Scheduled Monuments in Dorset. We manage the following: