Hampshire has a rich and diverse historic environment formed by the physical evidence of all aspects of human activity from earliest prehistory to the late twentieth century. It includes archaeological sites, historic buildings, historic landscape and townscape, historic parks and gardens, and battlefields.
It is a defining part of Hampshire's identity and contributes directly to a sense of place and local identity, and informs what makes a place attractive to live in, work in and visit. The historic environment is valued in its own right, and also supports recreation, education and tourism. It is important to make sure that it is not needlessly or thoughtlessly damaged.