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The Heritage Alliance

Heritage Day 2024

The Power of Collaboration


Join us for this year’s Heritage Day Conference!
Thursday 7th March 2024: In-Person & Online (Hybrid Event)

🎟️ Book your ticket on EventBrite today!

Heritage Day is a leading annual sector conference, run by the Heritage Alliance for over 10 years. Our flagship event offers heritage leaders, staff, and volunteers a unique forum to hear from decision-makers, gain skills, and foster connections. This year’s Heritage Day will be held on Thursday 7th March, using a hybrid format: hosted in-person at St John’s Church, Waterloo (London), and live-streamed for virtual delegates.

The conference generates sector-wide interest, attracting attendees from charities, government departments, academia, funding bodies, and commercial organisations. Our theme for 2024 is ‘The Power of Collaboration’, shining a light on how the UK heritage sector thrives through collective action – sharing ideas and capabilities to amplify voices, tackle challenges, spark creativity, and drive impact and innovation. The day will include a full programme of panels, presentations, and workshops for both virtual and in-person attendees. Confirmed keynote speakers include Lord Parkinson (Minister for Arts and Heritage) and Lord Neil Mendoza CBE (Chair of Historic England).

Tickets are now on sale via our EventBrite platform. Whether you’re a veteran or first-timer, we encourage you to come along to #HeritageDay2024 and hear about the latest sector developments, resources, and partnerships. Get inspired, informed, and connected to help drive positive change in heritage through collaboration!



Heritage Day 2024

... until the conference begins!

Run by:

The Heritage Alliance
Sponsored by:

Ecclesiastical Insurance
Farcroft Restorations Group
Minerva
UK Heritage Pulse
Architectural Heritage Fund
Direct Access

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Conference Programme

More details will be added as speakers and sessions are confirmed.

Heritage Day is designed to draw together and reflect the breadth and depth of the sector, stimulate strategic thinking, deliver high level insights, highlight emerging trends and current challenges. Keynote speeches from the Heritage Minister and the new Chair of Historic England, Lord Mendoza will complement a day of panels, presentations, and workshops. In-person delegates will have access to two exhibition and networking zones, and additional recorded content will be featured for virtual delegates. The winners of the Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards 2023 will be announced, and an evening drinks reception will celebrate the sector’s achievements.


In-Person Conference


  • 09:00-10:00 – Registration. Exhibition and networking spaces open. Tea and coffee served.

Part 1: The Big Picture

Looking at the sector landscape and big issues. Panellists and speakers will share political insights and learning from other sectors and will explore some of the strategic issues for the coming year and beyond. Lord Parkinson (Heritage Minister) will also give the first of our keynote addresses.

  • 10:00 – Welcome to Heritage Day 2024
  • 10:05 – Welcome to St John’s Waterloo
  • 10:15Keynote: Heritage Minister’s Address
  • 10:35 – Heritage Hustings: Our Sector in the Next Election
  • 11:15 – Finding Common Ground

Navigate through the tabs above to find out more about our fantastic line-up of speakers and panellists for Part 1 of Heritage Day.

Part 2: Skills and Stories

Training sessions, workshops, and case studies will explore the power of partnerships and the benefit of impactful advocacy. Delegates can choose from a range of sessions. The exhibition spaces will be open, with lunch served on a rolling basis.

  • 12:00 – Heritage Pulse: Partnership Working in the Heritage Sector AND Workshop: Advocacy 101
  • 12:35 – HedX: Spotlight on Heritage Alliance Members AND Church and Garden Tour: Creating Communities
  • 13:20 – Partnerships and Fundraising AND Workshop: Time to Rethink Governance?
  • 12:00-14:00 – Exhibition and networking spaces open. Lunch served on a rolling basis for the duration of Part 2.

Navigate through the tabs above to find out more about our fantastic line-up of speakers and panellists for Part 2 of Heritage Day.

Part 3: Future-Ready Heritage

Presentations, panels, and Q&A sessions will horizon-scan on what innovation and collaboration mean for the sustainability of heritage. During the break, our Trustee Peter Aiers OBE (Master at The Charterhouse) will lead an optional structured networking session in the Nave.

  • 14:00 – Unlocking Innovation
  • 14:40 – Opening Up the Sector
  • 15:20 – Future Planning: How to Manage Risk and Bring Opportunities
  • 15:30 – Exhibition and networking spaces open. Tea and coffee served.

Navigate through the tabs above to find out more about our fantastic line-up of speakers and panellists for Part 3 of Heritage Day.

Part 4: Championing the Sector

Lord Neil Mendoza (the Chair of Historic England) and Lizzie Glithero-West (the CEO of The Heritage Alliance) will give keynote addresses. The event will conclude and celebrate the sector with the announcement of the Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards winners, followed by an evening drinks reception.

  • 16:10Keynote: The Year Ahead
  • 16:30Keynote: Working Together for Connected Communities and Thriving Places
  • 17:00 – Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards
  • 17:15 – Closing Remarks

  • 17:20 – Drinks Reception, sponsored by Farcroft Restorations Group
  • 19:00 – Carriages

Navigate through the tabs above to find out more about our fantastic line-up of speakers and panellists for Part 4 of Heritage Day.

Virtual Conference


  • The main conference will be steamed live between 10:00-17:30. Additional virtual-only content will be streamed during the afternoon break period at 15:30-16:10. Our virtual MCs will be Alex Reed and Alice Purkiss (Head of Heritage Partnerships at the University of Oxford).

The Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards


The winners of the Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards 2023 will be announced at Heritage Day, during the ‘Championing the Sector’ segment of the programme.

For over a decade, these annual awards have celebrated the incredible contributions of volunteers across the UK heritage sector. More than a simple ‘thank you’, they recognise the unique contribution that volunteers make to the historic environment and to the heritage organisations they work with. The awards are run by the Heritage Alliance, thanks to the generous support of Ecclesiastical Insurance.

All of the ‘heritage hero’ volunteers nominated in 2023 will feature in a short film highlighting their amazing achievements, to be screened during the ceremony. Why not watch this video of last year’s nominees for a taste of what to expect?



The Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards

Tickets


In-person and virtual tickets for Heritage Day 2024 are available to purchase via our EventBrite platform. The conference will be recorded and made available to all ticket holders following the event.

  • In-Person Tickets: £145 (+ EventBrite booking fee). These tickets include teas and coffees, a buffet lunch, and the evening drinks and networking reception.
  • Virtual Tickets: £45 (+ EventBrite booking fee). These tickets give access to all live conference sessions and additional recorded content.

Members of the Heritage Alliance are able to access exclusive discounts on ticket prices. For more information, please get in touch with Claire Plastow (our Membership and Events Officer) at events@theheritagealliance.org.uk.


Venue


St John’s Church, Waterloo


We are delighted that Heritage Day 2024 will take place in St John’s Church, Waterloo (a Member of the Heritage Alliance). Located on London’s South Bank, this Grade II* listed building is a beautiful and historic venue, reopened in October 2022 following an extensive restoration programme. You can read more about the history of the site here. The church has an active congregation, and is also a well-known music venue. If you’d like to view some photographs to get a feel for the space, you can do so here: the conference will be held in the Nave, Foyer, and Forum.


St John's Church, Waterloo (Exterior)
St John's Church, Waterloo (Forum)
St John's Church, Waterloo (Nave)

Address:
St John’s Church
Waterloo Road
London
SE1 8TY

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The nearest railway and underground station is Waterloo, which is approximately 100 metres from the Church. For more detailed travel information, consult the AccessAble guide.


Accessibility


We are committed to making sure that all attendees feel welcome at Heritage Day and that the event is accessible to everyone.

  • Our in-person venue at St John’s Church, Waterloo is fully accessible, including a lift and accessible toilets. An AccessAble guide to the site (including photos) can be viewed here.
  • Sign language interpreters from our sponsor Direct Access will be available in the main conference space, using British Sign Language (BSL), and speakers will be using audio self-description.
  • The virtual event will be held via Zoom, and closed captions will be enabled.

If you have questions or would like to discuss specific accessibility support, please get in touch with Claire Plastow at events@theheritagealliance.org.uk.


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Conference Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Lord Neil MendozaLord Neil Mendoza CBE
Chair, Historic England

Lord Parkinson of Whitley BayLord Stephen Parkinson of Whitley Bay
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Arts and Heritage, and DCMS Lords Minister

Dr Ingrid Samuel (OBE)Dr Ingrid Samuel OBE
Acting Chair, The Heritage Alliance
Director of Placemaking & Heritage, The National Trust

Lizzie Glithero-WestLizzie Glithero-West
CEO, The Heritage Alliance



Biographies for All Speakers

Navigate through the tabs above to read biographies for all of our confirmed speakers, panellists, and workshop facilitators for Heritage Day 2024.

Peter Aiers OBE Roy Clare CBE Dr Chandan Mahal Alasdair Redwood
Christabel Austen Lydia Gibson Lord Tom McNally Dr Ingrid Samuel OBE
Chris Baines Reverend Giles Goddard Lord Neil Mendoza CBE Dr Jessica Stitt ACR
Danny Bennett Lizzie Glithero-West Steven Mifsud MBE Kate Streeter
Tom Bilson William Heath Karis Morris-Brown Jemica Taylor
Dr Dominique Bouchard Moe Horikawa Philip Nelson Baroness Thornton
James Butcher Delphine Jasmin-Belisle Steven Oates Abigail Tripp
Robin Cantrill-Fenwick Ros Kerslake CBE Ellie Oliver Ben Tucker
Lara Carmona George Knight Lord Stephen Parkinson (Heritage Minister) Lord Ed Vaizey
Flo Carr Adala Leeson James Probert Jan Wills
Laura Carter Gareth Maeer Alice Purkiss

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Exhibitors


Heritage Day will feature two networking and exhibition spaces, where attendees can meet with different groups to spark new connections and conversations. The following organisations will be showcasing their areas of work and the services they can provide.


The Ark

Ark Heritage

Ark Heritage offers a range of services to help you preserve and access your valuable audiovisual material. As an independent facility, you can be assured that each and every project is looked after with a high level of care and attention.

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Artelia

Artelia

Artelia offers expertise in Project Management, Contract Administration, Quantity & Building Surveying, Funding Applications, Risk Management, and Engineering Services. Restoring, conserving, enhancing, and repurposing heritage buildings and sites.

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DC Research

DC Research

DC Research is an economics, heritage, and culture research company. We have spent the last 16 years developing a national reputation for providing high-quality research to clients, offering a full range of research, consultancy, and advice services.

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Digital Drama

Digital Drama

Digital Drama collaborates with national and local heritage organisations to connect communities through co-created projects. We specialise in audio, video, AR, immersive theatre, and exhibitions focusing on impact, skills training, and sustainability.

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Farcroft Restorations Group

Farcroft Restorations Group

Rooted in a tradition of excellence, the Farcroft Group is distinguished in the restoration of graded buildings, fine art, collectibles, furnishings, and furniture. Our skilled craftspeople consistently deliver the highest standards of artistry.

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Gemini Data Loggers (Tinytag)

Gemini Data Loggers (Tinytag)

Made in the UK, Tinytag data loggers accurately monitor temperature and humidity in heritage sites. Quality (ISO 9001) and Environmental (ISO 14001) Management Systems are in operation to help provide cost-effective, reliable, and robust products.

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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, with more than 5,000 free events taking place every year. This extraordinary community network enables people to explore hidden places and try out new experiences – all for free!

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Historic Environment Forum

Historic Environment Forum

The Historic Environment Forum (HEF) is a collaborative initiative that brings together senior representatives from organisations working across the historic environment sector in England.

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Integrated Contamination Management

Integrated Contamination Management

Integrated Contamination Management UK (ICM UK) provides a sustainable, chemical free, humidity-regulated warm air treatment service for eradicating heritage-eating insect pests from museums and art collections.

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Le Lay Architects

Le Lay Architects

Le Lay Architects focus on heritage for families, communities, and society, by making heritage fit for the future. Heritage exists in various forms and scales – we help resilient, sustainable, and accessible stewardship regardless of size or status.

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Philanthropy Company

Philanthropy Company

Philanthropy Company is a fundraising consultancy with specialisms in the heritage sector, dedicated to providing strategic advice, practical fundraising support, and expert training for charitable organisations and funders.

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Squeaky Pedal

Squeaky Pedal are an award-winning heritage film, animation and TV production company. They work with museums, cultural institutions, and broadcasters through scripting, research, location filming, and the final compelling outputs.

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Utility Aid

Utility Aid

Utility Aid is the UK’s leading energy broker for the charity and not-for-profit sector. Utility Aid can also help with supplier problems, inaccurate bills, advising on renewable energy options, and your journey to ‘Net Zero’.

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Our Event Sponsors

Heritage Day 2024 is open to all those with an interest in heritage through the generous support of Ecclesiastical Insurance (our Corporate Partner), Farcroft Restorations Group (our Headline Sponsor), and our Programme Sponsors (Minerva, UK Heritage Pulse, The Architectural Heritage Fund, and Direct Access).

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Corporate Partner


We are a specialist insurer with a charitable purpose, as we believe it’s possible to do business differently and build a powerful movement for good across society. Proudly part of the Benefact Group, we give millions of pounds to thousands of charities every year. We’re a Directory of Social change top 3 company donor, and have given £200m to more than 10,000 donations since 2014. Our purpose drives our goal of being the most trusted insurer in our chosen markets. It shapes the way we do business, particularly our focus on doing the right thing for our customers and business partners. We believe in doing business better because we can create a real impact in the world and the more we grow, the more we can give to good causes.
Farcroft Restorations Group

Farcroft Restorations Group

Headline Sponsor


The Farcroft Group is a leader in the restoration of graded buildings, fine art, and precious antiques. We are rooted in a time-honoured tradition of excellence, with a rich history that spans decades and skilled craftspeople who consistently deliver the highest standards of artistry. We are trusted by prestigious auctioneers, passionate collectors, heritage organisations, insurance companies, and high-net-worth customers – and our client satisfaction sets us apart. We are delighted to be supporting the heritage community and sponsoring Heritage Day 2024.

Minerva

Minerva Search

Programme Sponsor


Driven by their people-focused approach and commitment to quality, the Minerva Search consultancy team provide executive search, organisational development, and leadership services to clients and individuals who are seeking to make a positive impact on society. In addition to executive search, they also provide governance review, leadership development, 360 degree review, and staff engagement and satisfaction surveys. Minerva are delighted to be sponsoring Heritage Day and to be a part of The Heritage Alliance, an organisation that shares their belief in collaboration and the importance of the cultural and independent heritage sectors.
UK Heritage Pulse

UK Heritage Pulse

Programme Sponsor


UK Heritage Pulse is a collaborative data and insight project for the UK’s heritage sector, created by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Historic England. The UK Heritage Pulse panel now includes more than 1,300 people, who have been responding to surveys for the last two years on topics ranging partnerships and collaboration, to inflation and rising costs, to staffing, organisational capacity, and (of course) digital innovation, including AI.

Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund

Programme Sponsor


The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) supports communities to find enterprising ways to revitalise the old buildings they love. It helps communities through the provision of advice, grants and loans. For over 45 years, the AHF’s support has acted as a catalyst for putting sustainable heritage at the heart of vibrant local economies. The Heritage Alliance is proud to partner with the AHF in managing the Heritage Funding Directory, a free resource to help heritage projects navigate funding sources.

Direct Access

Direct Access

Programme Sponsor


The accessibility and inclusion consultancy Direct Access has worked with museums and heritage organisations since its foundation 20 years ago. As a certified Disability Operated Business Enterprise (DOBETM), its team of 18 people draw upon their lived experience of disability to provide a range of services to the heritage sector. They provide architectural design reviews for both new build and gallery redesigns, as well as accessibility appraisals to support lottery and other funding applications. Direct Access also produces tactile maps and models enabling blind and partially sighted individuals to experience a museum’s wonders.


Supporting Partners

We would also like to thank our Supporting Partners for helping us to promote Heritage Day to the widest possible audience, and bring different aspects of the diverse heritage community together. Click on their logos to find out more about these organisations and the work they perform.

The Ark Heritage
Ark Heritage
Arts Marketing Association (AMA)
Arts Marketing Association (AMA)
Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE)
Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE)
Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC)
Council on Training in Architectural Conservation (COTAC)
Cymes Conservation
Cymes Conservation
Heritage of London Trust (HOLT)
Heritage of London Trust (HOLT)
Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)
International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)
Le Lay Architects
LeLay Architects
Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT)
Oxford Preservation Trust (OPT)
Preservation Equipment Ltd (PEL)
Preservation Equipment Ltd (PEL)
St John's and St Andrews's Churches, Waterloo
St John's and St Andrews's Churches, Waterloo
UNESCO UK
UNESCO UK
World History Encyclopedia
World History Encyclopedia

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Engagement Opportunities


Heritage Day is a great opportunity for you or your organisation to access a uniquely targeted and engaged audience that is energised to collaborate in the heritage space. If you are interested in extending your presence at the conference and making valuable connections, then we have various sponsorship and partnership opportunities open to you. You can:

  • sponsor the event through a range of packages suited to different budgets and goals;
  • showcase your organisation by hosting a stand in our networking and exhibition spaces (click here to see photos of exhibitors at last year’s event);
  • advertise on the conference website or printed programme;
  • act as a supporting partner and promote the event through your networks (a no-cost role, in exchange for reciprocal promotion).

Heritage Alliance Members are able to access exclusive discounts on conference stands and advertising . If you would like further information about any of our advertising and sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch with Claire Plastow (our Membership and Events Officer) at events@theheritagealliance.org.uk


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About the Heritage Alliance


The Heritage Alliance is the membership body representing the independent heritage sector in England. Established in 2002, we now bring together over 200 independent organisations which collectively represent over 7 million volunteers, trustees, and staff. We aim champion the breadth and diversity of the heritage sector: from built heritage to archaeology, from industrial and mobile heritage to academia and science.

We provide a supportive and trusted platform for heritage bodies to connect with each other, stay informed, and gain skills and insights. We act as an advocate for the sector, engaging closely with Parliament and government departments, as well as with arms-length bodies, think tanks, funding bodies, and commercial organisations.


“The Heritage Alliance brings the heritage sector together. There is strength in unity.”
Heritage Alliance Member, 2023

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Heritage Funding Directory

The Heritage Funding Directory

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. It gathers together around 400 listings detailing sources of grants from trusts and foundations, as well as organisations offering loan finance, awards, scholarships and other ‘in kind’ resources.


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Image credits: Photographs of St. John's Church, Waterloo. Exterior photo sourced from St John’s Waterloo; interior photo taken by Dirk Lindner (2022).