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Heritage Day 2023

Heritage Day 2024 programme coming soon. Below find our programme for Heritage Day 2023.

Join us for this year's Heritage Day!

1 & 2 March 2023 - Online & In Person
The Heritage Alliance’s Heritage Day in 2023 will once again bring together leading voices from across our membership and the wider heritage sector.
This year, Heritage Day is in two parts. Part 1 on the morning of 1st March will be a virtual session, which will focus on knowledge-sharing and skills. For Part 2, on the afternoon of 2nd March, we are inviting you to join us in-person at The Charterhouse in London, where we will hear from current and future sector leaders for sessions built around vision, leadership and horizon-scanning for the next few years for heritage.
Scroll down for an agenda, and more about what to expect across Part 1 and Part 2 of this event.
By combining virtual and in-person sessions, we are aiming to make Heritage Day 2023 as accessible to the full breadth of the heritage sector as possible.
It’s also our 20th Anniversary Year, and so this year’s Heritage Day will be rounded off with our Celebratory Reception in the evening on 2 March, offering a chance for both reflection and celebration of the sector’s collective achievements.

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1 & 2 March 2023 - Online & In Person
Heritage Day 2023 - Part 1
Heritage Day 2023 - Part 2
Part 1 – Wednesday 1 March (Virtual; 10am – 2.30pm)
Part 1 of Heritage Day 2023 will take place virtually on Wednesday 1 March, and will be a morning for gaining knowledge and skills, sharing and conversation. Instructions for how to join the event online will be sent to all registered attendees.
Agenda & Timings for Part 1:
10.00 – 10.05 - Welcome and introduction from Alice Purkiss, Heritage Alliance Trustee, Head of Heritage Partnerships, University of Oxford and Peter Aiers OBE, Heritage Alliance Trustee, Master & CEO, The Charterhouse
10.05 – 10.20 - Keynote address by Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive of The Heritage Alliance
10.20 – 11.00 - Political Party Manifestos - an insight panel with policy experts, chaired by Polly Martin, CEO at National Trails UK. Panel: Lord Newby - Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in the House of Lords, Rachel Wolf - Founding Partner at Public First; and Baroness Sharon Taylor, Shadow Minister for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and a Shadow Minister for Transport
11.00 – 11.30 - Skills Session on Fundraising: Charlotte Weatherley, Policy Manager at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising
11.30 – 11.45 - Break
11.45 – 12.15 - Heritage Funders’ Panel, chaired by Delphine Jasmin-Belisle, Head of Development at The Heritage Alliance. Panel: Asha Karbhari, she/her, Head of Investment, Architectural Heritage Fund; Amanda Feather, Head of Built Heritage and Regeneration Policy, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Ian Morrison OBE, Historic England.
12.15 – 12.45 - Skills session on Creative Commons License by Naomi Korn, CEO and Founder, Naomi Korn Associates
12.45 – 12.55 - Ecclesiastical’s Insights on Heritage Skills and Crime and the announcement of our 2022 Heritage Heroes finalists with Faith Kitchen, Customer Segment Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance
12.55 – 13.25 - Break
13.25 – 13.55 Fundraising Roundtables: A) Movement for Good - Faith Kitchen, Ecclesiastical Insurance. B) Architectural Heritage Fund - Asha Karbhari C) Philanthropy Company - Liz Purchase D) Meet and Greet, Delphine Jasmin-Belisle, The Heritage Alliance.
13.55 – 14.25 - Insight Roundtables: A) EDI in the Heritage Sector, Sean Curran, Historic England, B) Historic Environment Forum’s Sustainability & Climate Change Task Group, ‘Net Zero and Environmental Sustainability for Heritage’, Carbon Intelligence, C) Meet the Trainer, Naomi Korn, Naomi Korn Associates, D) 'Engaging young people in heritage through digital skills' Claire-Rose Canavan, Heritage Trust Network.
14.25 – 14.30 - Closing Remarks from Alice Purkiss and Peter Aiers
Part 2 – Thursday 2 March (The Charterhouse, London; 1.30pm - 6pm)
Part 2 of Heritage Day 2023 will be held in person on Thursday 2 March at The Charterhouse in London, with a focus on vision, leadership and what the next few years could hold for heritage.
Agenda & Timings for Part 2:
13:30 – 14:00 - Registration and Networking Exhibition in the Norfolk Cloister and the Old Library
14.00 – 14.15 - Welcome and introduction from Dr Ingrid Samuel OBE, Deputy Chair at The Heritage Alliance & Historic Environment Director at the National Trust
14.15 – 14.45 - A  leadership discussion with CEOs from across the sector, chaired by  Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive of The Heritage Alliance. Panel: Hannah Prowse, CEO, Portsmouth Naval Property Base Trust, Claudia Kenyatta, Director of Regions, Historic England and Neil Redfern, Executive Director, Council for British Archaeology
14.45 – 15.25 - A panel discussion on young trustees, chair by Dr Chandan Mahal, Heritage Alliance Trustee, National Learning and Partnership Manager at the British Library. Panel: Afzal Khan, Trustee, Kids in Museums, Grace Jeremy, Training Manager, Young Trustees Movement and Hannah Hurford Trustee, Maritime Heritage Trust
15.25 – 15.35 - ‘Making Historic Buildings relevant for 21st C living’, Peter Aiers OBE, Master and Chief Executive, The Charterhouse
15.35 – 16.20 - Break: Teas and Coffees. Networking Exhibition in the Norfolk Cloister and The Old Library and Meet the Funders & Experts in The Tapestry Room.
16.20 – 16.50 - Keynote speech: Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, Heritage Minister
16.50 – 17.35 - Keynote speech: René Olivieri, Chair of the National Trust
17.35 – 17.45 - The awarding of our Heritage Heroes 2022 Awards, Faith Kitchen, Customer Segment Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance
17.45 – 18.00 - Closing Remarks: Dr Ingrid Samuel OBE
Please note places for the in-person event are now sold out! Places for our Celebratory reception remain available:
20th Anniversary Reception (2 March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Heritage Day 2023 will be rounded off with a Celebratory Reception at The Charterhouse in London with a finger buffet and drinks to mark The Heritage Alliance’s 20 Year Anniversary. As well as the opportunity to celebrate with us, you can network and connect with sector support organisations and peers. You’ll also hear stories and insights from key people that have been part of the Alliance’s 20-year journey.
This reception will begin after the end of our In-Person Conference for Heritage Day 2023 on 2 March, running from 6.30pm - 8.30pm. It will be a great opportunity to network, but also to celebrate the sector and all the Alliance and our members have achieved over the past 20 years. The evening will feature a special keynote address from Loyd Grossman CBE, former Chair of The Heritage Alliance.
Agenda & Timings:
18:45 – 18:50 - Introduction and welcome – Dr Ingrid Samuel OBE (Deputy Chair, The Heritage Alliance)
18:50 – 19:05 - Keynote address – Loyd Grossman CBE (former Chair, The Heritage Alliance)
19:05 – 19:10 – Closing remarks – Dr Ingrid Samuel OBE
19:10 – Refreshments and Networking
20:30 – Event ends
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This Year's Speakers

Please read further details about our speakers for Heritage Day 2023 below.
Keynote Speakers
Lord Parkinson
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Heritage Minister
Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 7 February 2023.

He was previously was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 30 October 2022 to 7 February 2023, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Arts) at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport between 30 September 2021 and 20 September 2022.
Rene Olivieri
René Olivieri
Chair, The National Trust
René was born on the West Coast of the United States and moved to the UK in 1980, starting a career in academic publishing. He was the Chief Executive of the international scholarly and scientific publisher, Blackwell Publishing, for many years, before retiring to pursue his passions for heritage, nature, and culture. He has served as chair of many charitable organisations, including The Tubney Charitable Trust, The Belgrade Theatre and The Wildlife Trusts.

He joined the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2018, first as Senior Independent Director, and then as Interim Chair. During this time he became a member of the £2 billion Culture Recovery Fund Board, and continues to serve on the Government’s Cultural and Heritage Capital Advisory Board.

René was appointed Chair of the RSPCA in 2019, and since then has helped guide the organisation through many changes to its governance, finances and operational strategy.

René Olivieri became Chair of the National Trust in February 2022.
Lizzie Glithero-West
CEO, The Heritage Alliance
Lizzie Glithero-West has been the Chief Executive of The Heritage Alliance since 2016.

Her previous career has been mainly in the civil service and she has expert knowledge of a wide range of policy areas including archaeology, heritage protection, museums and tourism.

Lizzie has also spent time as Private Secretary to Culture Ministers and the Permanent Secretary, as Head of Logistics at DCMS at the time of the General Election, and on secondment to English Heritage and to the National Museum Directors’ Council.

She is a trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society, a member of Royal Holloway's humanities advisory board, the Canal and River Trust’s Cultural Heritage Advisory Group and lectures at Oxford University on heritage.
Insight Panel: Political Party Manifestos
Rachel Wolf
Rachel Wolf is a Founding Partner at Public First. Rachel’s career has spanned business, charities, politics and Government. Previously education and innovation adviser to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, she was also co-author of the Conservatives winning 2019 General Election manifesto. She has been Senior Vice President for technology company Amplify in New York City, running one of their main product divisions. She founded and ran the New Schools Network – the charity that helped develop and implement the Government’s free schools programme.
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Lord Newby of Rothewell
Dick Newby is Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in the House of Lords. He is Chair of the Party’s Manifesto Working Group charged with producing the manifesto for the next election. He performed the same role for the 2019 General Election.
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Baroness Taylor of Stevenage
Baroness Sharon Taylor is a former Leader of Stevenage Council which she was Leader for 17 years and is now a Shadow Minister for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and a Shadow Minister for Transport.
Insight Panel: Young Trustees
Afzal Khan
Afzal Khan
Young Trustee, Kids in Museums
Afzal Khan currently works at the Whitworth Art Gallery as well as freelancing for various arts and museum organisations.

He is currently a researcher for the Museum of Islamic Art and Heritage a researcher for the heritage organisation Everyday Muslim. He is also a Young Trustee for the organisation Kids in Museums.
Grace Jeremy
Young Trustees Movement
Grace is the Training Manager for The Young Trustees Movement, and a young trustee themself. They are an educator and activist with over 12 years experience of facilitating in social change settings. Grace's background is in Disability Justice, LGBTQ+ issues, youth rights and participation, and mental health. When Grace isn’t working you can find them growing veg, watching birds, and playing D&D.
Hannah Hurford
Maritime Heritage UK
Hannah Hurford is a Trustee for the Maritime Heritage Trust and a Director for Lynher Barge CIC. She is passionate about maritime heritage and has worked in maritime museums, on-board ships and with the sail cargo industry. Her latest project is the Off Watch Podcast, which examines traditional sailing today.
Insight Panel: Sector Dialogue with CEOs
Claudia Kenyatta
Director of Regions, Historic England
Claudia oversees Historic England’s work in the regions, where we offer expertise and advice and build the effective partnerships that help us to explain, protect and care for the historic environment.

Claudia previously worked in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where her roles included Head of Heritage, Head of Ceremonials and Director of the Digital Economy Unit. Her last role before joining Historic England was as Corporate Strategy Director. Before joining DCMS, Claudia worked in a variety of roles in the Cabinet Office and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now MHCLG). Claudia is a Trustee of Lauderdale House.
Hannah Prowse
Hannah is the CEO of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, landlord of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Priddy’s Hard in Gosport.

Previously Head of National Projects for English Heritage and Preconstruction Manager of Sir Robert McAlpine Special Projects, Hannah is leading the regeneration through heritage of these significant areas of the South coast.
Neil Redfern
Neil Redfern is the Executive Director of The Council for British Archaeology, the leading independent charity promoting archaeology and the public participation in archaeology in the UK. Prior to this role he worked for Historic England in York for fourteen years, as a Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Yorkshire. He was responsible for delivery statutory advice on planning, listed building and scheduled monument consent applications in the region.

He has over 25 years experience of cultural heritage management, archaeological fieldwork, survey and assessment and museum practice. He is particularly interested in the practical and philosophical challenges faced in enhancing participation, securing the conservation and enhancement of heritage places and articulating their full social economic value to the wider community.
Further Speakers
Peter Aiers OBE
Peter Aiers OBE
Master and Chief Executive, The Charterhouse
Previously Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, Peter has a background in historic building conservation and a particular interest in how historic buildings serve contemporary society. An advocate of the Charterhouse’s heritage, Peter seeks to develop this to support the community and the genius loci.
Peter is a trustee of The Heritage Alliance, of Goodwill Solutions CIO, and a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Peter was awarded an OBE for services to heritage in the King's New Year's Honours List 2023.
Loyd Grossman CBE
Loyd Grossman CBE
Chair, The Royal Parks
Loyd Grossman is Chairman of The Royal Parks and Chairman of Gresham College.

Loyd's lifelong interest in history, the arts and heritage has involved him in a number of organisations. Loyd is President of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and a Vice President of the Churches Conservation Trust and was Chairman of the Heritage Alliance from 2009-2018, Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust from 2007-2016, Chairman of the University for the Creative Arts from 2008-2012, Deputy Chairman of The Royal Drawing School from 2014-2017, a Governor of The British Institute of Florence, a Trustee of The Warburg Charitable Trust, and a member of the Court of Governors of the LSE from 1996-2009, and is now an Emeritus Governor of the LSE. He is a Patron of the Association for Heritage Interpretation, of Heritage Open Days and the Haslemere Educational Museum.

He was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to heritage in 2015.
Faith Kitchen
Faith Kitchen
Customer Segment Director, Ecclesisastical Insurance
Faith is responsible for developing and maintaining products and propositions at Ecclesiastical Insurance to meet the needs of specialist target markets.

She maintains relationships with a number of key bodies in the heritage, charity and education sector, to ensure Ecclesiastical Insurance fully understands what is important to customers and can develop useful insight and thought leadership.

Asha Karbhari
Asha Karbhari
Director of Investment, Architectural Heritage Fund
Asha was appointed as the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Director of Investment in August 2022, having initially joined the organisation in June 2018 as its Investment Manager attracting and delivering new investments to support the sustainable reuse of historic buildings across the UK to a broad range of not-for-profit organisations.

As Head of Investment she oversees the AHF’s social investment function, managing a small team to deliver its social investment funds across the UK, along with RePlan, the AHF’s business support service.
Naomi Korn
CEO and Founder, Naomi Korn Associates
Naomi Korn is one of UK’s leading experts in copyright, data protection and licensing. Since 2003 she has supported the cultural, heritage, charity, education and private sectors on rights management and rights exploitation.

Since 2018 Naomi has worked with National Lottery Heritage Fund Advisors Network as a sectorial specialist on rights management supporting NLHF and its funded projects. She was also appointed a CREATe Industry Fellow in 2017.
Amanda Feather
Amanda Feather
Head of Built Heritage and Regeneration Policy, National Lottery Heritage Fund
Amanda has worked in the heritage sector for over 35 years. With a background in archaeology, heritage management, education, and engagement and worked in the public and charitable sectors, including English Heritage and Historic England, and as a trustee. Including sector capacity building, skills, strategy, and policy development roles.

In 2019 she became Head of Built Heritage and Regeneration Policy at the Heritage Fund and leads on policy in this area including for Place-based investment and partnerships and relationships with other organisations working in this area.
Ian Morrison OBE
Director of Policy and Evidence, Historic England
Ian Morrison was appointed Director of Policy and Evidence at Historic England to help shape the future direction and strategies of the organisation and lead the delivery of its specialist services, strategy and central listing and research functions.

Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)and prior to that was Head of Historic Environment at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), where he held the lead UK policy role for the historic environment and introduced and directed a number of HLF’s grant programmes. His early career was spent with Historic England (formerly English Heritage), where he amassed 15 years’ experience working in a variety of roles in London and the South West.
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Sean Curran
Historic England
Claire-Rose Canavan
Heritage Trust Network
Liz Purchase
Philanthropy Company
Phil Warren
Carbon Intelligence
Phoebe Hyde
Carbon Intelligence
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Managed by The Heritage Alliance and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Heritage Funding Directory is a free guide to financial support for anyone undertaking UK related heritage projects. This is a useful starting point for navigating funding sources in the sector and it is recommended that you visit the funder’s website directly to explore the latest information.
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Volunteers are vital for the protection of England’s heritage. From caring for rural heritage sites to engaging the next generation of visitors; volunteers’ skills, passion, and commitment are the backbone of the heritage sector.

For over a decade, Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards have celebrated the incredible contribution of volunteers in the heritage sector. More than a simple thank you, these awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate how communities can take ownership of the historic environment around them and make a real difference.

Alongside Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero 2022 Award, our special category for this year is Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Storyteller Award, designed to recognise specifically those who helped bring untold stories to light on the heritage project or organisation they supported in 2022.
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Our Event Sponsors

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This event is generously sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. Ecclesiastical’s mission is to protect what matters most to people, with specialist insurance, dedicated expertise, and award-winning service. They have done it for 130 years, from when they were first founded to protect churches, to now, as they help individuals and organisations to protect what matters most to them across a board range of specialisms.