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.
Historic Environment Protection Reform Group
Summer Consultation 2016: Heritage Protection Reform Proposals
The Historic Environment Forum (HEF), the heritage key-stakeholder group, has been concerned by the continuing reduction in heritage and planning resourcing in local authorities over many years.
In 2014 HEF set up a working group, the Historic Environment Protection Reform Group, to address these problems and devise solutions. HEF consulted key heritage stakeholders on 15 proposed reforms in October 2015. This background is set out in HEF’s October 2015 consultation papers which can be downloaded at the foot of this page.
These proposals have now been worked up in more detail, and HEF is seeking further input from stakeholders in this summer 2016 consultation.
HEF welcomes responses to this consultation. Everyone is encouraged to answer the general question (Question 12), but HEF would particularly welcome responses on the more specific questions which precede it.
HEF’s October 2015 consultation papers were:
Heritage 2020 is a major cross-sector collaboration initiative being delivered under the auspices of the Historic Environment Forum.
The Heritage 2020 initiative, which follows on from the National Heritage Protection Plan, has five key themes: discovery, identification and understanding; constructive conservation and sustainable management; public engagement; capacity building; and advocacy. Key strategic priorities have been identified which will be taken forward through Working Groups linked with each theme. The Chairmen of each Working Group will report through a newly established Heritage 2020 Sub-Committee to the Historic Environment Forum.
The project, managed by the Heritage Alliance and supported by Historic England, will run initially from 4th April 2016 – September 2018. The project enables The Heritage Alliance to provide a secretariat and the fundamental project management needed for developing and communicating the work of the five cross-sector Working Groups that underpin Heritage 2020, as well as support to the newly established Heritage 2020 Sub-Committee of the HEF. It will also oversee an interim evaluation of Heritage 2020 in 2018 and make recommendations for its future development.
Dr Mike Heyworth, Director of the Council for British Archaeology leading the initiative on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum said. ‘A key aim of Heritage 2020 is to demonstrate how partnership working can add value and lead to the delivery of key outcomes which will enhance the understanding, protection, and enjoyment of the historic environment in England. Historic England’s commitment to Heritage 2020 demonstrates its firm endorsement of collaborative working’.
The Heritage 2020 framework sets out how heritage organisations across England can work together in the coming years to add value to the work of individual bodies.
Heritage Counts 2015
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 Historic England.
To download a copy of Heritage Counts 2015, click on the report (left) or the link below (opens in new window). For further information, the commissioned research and to download Local Authority Profiles and other indicators, see the Heritage Counts website at http://hc.historicengland.org.uk/national-report/
HEF member organisations:
- ALGAO (Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers)
- Architectural Heritage Fund
- British Property Federation
- Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
- Church of England Cathedrals & Church Buildings Division
- Council for British Archaeology
- Country Land and Business Association
- DCMS [observer]
- The Heritage Alliance
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Historic England
- Historic Houses Association
- Historic Religious Buildings Alliance
- Institute of Historic Building Conservation
- Joint Committee of National Amenity Societies
- The National Trust
- Natural England
- Royal Institute of British Architects
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
- Royal Town Planning Institute
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 addition to regional Heritage Counts publications these networks produce an astonishing range of resources, from heritage room hire to socio-economic impact studies.
Contact Paul Bodenham, Local Engagement Adviser: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bulletin November 2016
- Bulletin May 2016
- Heritage tourism: New opportunities for historic places Report of a meeting held at the Guildhall, Leicester on Monday 13 July 2015/
- Bulletin July 2014
- Report of ‘Learning for the Future‘, 17 March 2014 at the University of Leicester
- Bulletin Jan 2014
- Bulletin May 2013
- Bulletin January 2013
- Bulletin July 2012
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- Members [as of January 2016]
- Minutes, December 2015
- Minutes, September 2015
- Minutes, June 2015
- Minutes, February 2015
- Terms of Reference and priorities document
- NEHEF Members 2015
- Heritage Counts North East document
- A History of the North East in 100 places website
- Directory of Heritage Rooms for Hire (2014)
Contact Karl Creaser, Principal Local Engagement Advisor: Karl.Creaser@historicengland.org.uk
Contact Louisa Moore, Principal Local Engagement Advisor: Louisa.Moore@historicengland.org.uk
Contact Stephanie Dance Groom, Local Engagement Advisor, Stephanie.Dance-Groom@historicengland.org.uk
- Minutes January 2012
- Minutes May 2012
- Minutes September 2012
- Minutes March 2013
- Provisions of the ERR Bill for SE (March 2013)
- EH New Structure presentation
- The Future of SE HEF (March 2013)
- HLF Programmes Update (March 2013)
- Heritage Counts 2013
- Minutes July 2013
- Summary of National WWI Centenary Plans
- WW1 Centenary Web Links
- Summary of EH WWI Centenary Plans
- SE Museums Update from IWM Josie Gale
- FWWC Partnership Handout
- FWWC Partnership
- WWI projects ALGAO SE authorities
- WW1 Commemorations – Hampshire
- Winchester provisional list centenary plans
- Heritage Counts 2013 for SE HEF
- Meeting Minutes January 2014
- SE New Model briefing
- Minutes July 2014
- Natural England Executive Directors and National Teams
- Minutes October 2014
- Minutes May 2015
- Minutes September 2015
- Minutes February 2016
- Minutes May 2016
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