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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. 

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Heritage 2020

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.

Download the draft framework

Historic Environment Protection Reform Group

You are invited to comment on a series of solutions to help reform the heritage sector

The HEF Historic Environment Protection Reform Sub-Group [HERPG] has been tasked by the Historic Environment Forum to consider a series of potential solutions as to how the heritage sector can work together to identify ways to help stretched resources to go further, and to ensure that the system works better and delivers improved (rather than diminished) protection for what is special and valued by our communities. The solutions have been summarised in three discussion papers which close for comments on 30th November 2015.

Download the three discussion papers

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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

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.

East Midlands Heritage Forum

Contact Paul Bodenham, Local Engagement Adviser:

Yorkshire & Humberside Historic Environment Forum
North East Historic Environment Forum

Contact Nicola Harrison:

North West Historic Environment Forum

Contact  Karl Creaser, Principal Local Engagement Advisor:

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

Contact Rachael McMillan, Local Engagement Advisor:

  • London Historic Environment Forum Terms of Reference [May 2016]
  • London Historic Environment Forum’s response to the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Plan [October 2014]
East of England Historic Environment Forum

Contact Natalie Gates, Principal Local Engagement Advisor: