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Historic Environment Forum

Historic Environment Forum

The Heritage Alliance provides the secretariat for the high-level Historic Environment Forum (HEF).

The HEF is the top level cross-sectoral committee, bringing together chief executives and policy officers from public and non-government heritage bodies to co-ordinate initiatives such as the annual audit of the historic environment – Heritage Counts – and to strengthen advocacy work and communications. To find out about regional Historic Environment Forums click on the tabs below. 

Heritage2020

Heritage2020 is a major cross-sector collaboration initiative being delivered under the auspices of the Historic Environment Forum.

The Heritage2020 framework sets out how heritage organisations across England can work together in the coming years to add value to the work of individual bodies.

The framework is available in draft. Comments are invited [now closed] to help shape the final document and strategic priorities which will be formally published in spring 2015. Download the draft framework

Heritage Counts 2014

Heritage Counts is an annual survey of the state of England’s historic environment. It aims to provide historic environment professionals and those interested in the historic environment with the information and data required to make decisions and influence policy about the historic environment.

Heritage Counts is produced on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum by English Heritage

To download a copy of Heritage Counts 2014, click on the report (left) or the link below (opens in new window). For further information and to download Local Authority Profiles and other indicators, see the Heritage Counts website at www.hc.english-heritage.org.uk Download Heritage Counts 2014   View and download the Local Authority Profiles  

HEF member organisations:
  • ALGAO (Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers)
  • Architectural Heritage Fund
  • British Property Federation
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • Church of England Cathedrals & Church Buildings Division
  • Civic Voice
  • Council for British Archaeology
  • Country Land and Business Association
  • DCMS (observer)
  • English Heritage
  • Historic Towns Forum
  • The Heritage Alliance
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Historic Houses Association
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • Institute for Archaeologists
  • Institute of Historic Building Conservation
  • Joint Committee of National Amenity Societies
  • The National Trust
  • Historic Religious Buildings@the Alliance

Regional Historic Environment Forums

The RHEFs – reflecting former Government Regions – have an ongoing role, and provide a degree of co-ordination for larger-than-local issues that has been lost elsewhere.

In May 2011 all nine RHEFs responded to a request by the national Forum for information about the scope and scale of their activities, summarised here.

In addition to regional Heritage Counts publications these networks produce an astonishing range of resources, from heritage room hire to socio-economic impact studies.

East Midlands Historic Environment Forum

Contact Paul Bodenham, Local Engagement Adviser: paul.bodenham@english-heritage.org.uk

Yorkshire & Humberside Historic Environment Forum
North East Historic Environment Forum

Contact Anna Siddall: anna.siddall@english-heritage.org.uk

North West Historic Environment Forum

Contact  Karl Creaser, Principal Local Engagement Advisor: Karl.Creaser@english-heritage.org.uk

West Midlands Historic Environment Forum
South East Historic Environment
South West Historic Environment

Contact Elizabeth Clare, Local Engagement Advisor: elizabeth.clare@english-heritage.org.uk

London Historic Environment

Contact Rachael McMillan, Local Engagement Advisor: rachael.mcmillan@english-heritage.org.uk

East of England Historic Environment

Contact Natalie Gates, Principal Local Engagement Advisor: natalie.gates@english-heritage.org.uk