Ancient Monuments Protection Act 1910

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The Ancient Monuments Protection Act 1910 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that aimed to improve the protection afforded to ancient monuments in Britain.


The Ancient Monuments Protection Act 1882 had begun the process of establishing legal protection for some of Britain's ancient monuments; these had all been prehistoric sites, such as ancient tumuli. The Ancient Monuments Protection Act 1900 had continued this process, empowering the government's Commissioners of Work and local County Councils to protect a wider range of properties. In 1908 a royal commission concluded that there were gaps between these two pieces of legislation, and in 1910 the Ancient Monuments Protection Act was passed, allowing the Commissioners and Councils to receive ancient monuments as gifts, and making damaging the wider set of ancient monuments described in 1900 legislation a criminal offence in the same way as those covered by the 1882 legislation.[1]


The operation of the combined legislation was felt to be unwieldy, and three years later the act was repealed, being replaced with the Ancient Monuments Consolidation and Amendment Act 1913.[2]



  1. ^ Mynors, pp. 8-9.
  2. ^ Mynors, p.9.