Join us for our 2023 Heritage Debate!
Wednesday 15 November, 11am-1pm
Online (via Zoom)
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Below find our programme for Heritage Debate 2022.
Each year, The Heritage Alliance’s Heritage Debate offers the chance for all those interested in heritage to come together and explore key challenges facing the sector. This year, attendees will be invited to collectively examine which of the key questions facing the sector will be most important in 20 years’ time.
Five panellists will make the case for a specific priority and why that priority will be the most important issue for the sector in 2042. At the end of the debate, all attendees will take the role of funders and will have the chance to allocate fictional funding between the 5 priorities. See further details below.
This event is generously sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and so is open to all those interested in the future of heritage. We bring the sector together, whether you have just joined or are well established; work frequently with the sector or are interested in learning more.
Tickets for the event are free for Alliance Members, £5 for concessions and £7 for General Admission. Book your place and scroll down for further details about how you can get involved in this year's discussion.
Share Your Perspective
In line with this year's Heritage Debate, we are seeking views from anyone with an interest in heritage on:
What do you think the sector’s top priority will be in 20 years? What do you think the sector might look like then?
Explore the submitted blogs below for a range of perspectives on this year's topic.
We're also inviting discussion on what you think will matter most for heritage in 2042 via social media! Engage with us using #HeritageDebate2022
Agenda & Speakers
Heritage in 20 years: what will matter most?
Five panellists will make the case for their specific priority, and why it will be the most important issue for the sector in 20 years’ time.
This year's Heritage Debate will be chaired by Pam Alexander OBE, Chair of The Heritage Alliance.
We are delighted to announce that she will be joined in the discussion by:
Making the case for Community value:
Dr Wanda Wyporska (CEO, Society of Genealogists)
Making the case for Inherent value:
Dr Mike Nevell (Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England)
Making the case for Business value:
Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke (Mapperton House)
Making the case for Climate Crisis:
Rab Bennetts (Co-founder of Bennetts Associates, architects and a Founder of the UK Green Building Council)
Making the case for Skills & workforce:
Kate Geary (Head of Professional Development & Practice, CIfA)
This year's Heritage Debate will also feature a special presentation from Faith Kitchen, Customer Segment Director at Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
At the end of the debate, all attendees will be put in the position of funders and asked to allocate fictional funding between the 5 priorities.
Further Ways to Get Involved
Be a Heritage Debate Supporter
Find out how you can engage with our sector wide event and be an active contributor to the sector. Speak to Claire in our development team about roles for event supporters to find a fit for your organisation: email@example.com.
A limited number of digital advertising spaces are available, with a reduced rate for members of The Heritage Alliance. Advertisements will be seen by hundreds of delegates from leading heritage sites and organisations across the UK.
For more information and to book your advertisement, please contact our Head of Development & Membership Delphine: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Event Sponsors
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.
This year's Heritage Debate has been made possible thanks to additional support from our members YHA and VocalEyes.
With thanks to our Media Partners
Image credits (order of appearance): English Heritage, Downside Abbey, Architectural Heritage Foundation, National Historic Ships UK, Waterloo Uncovered.
Each of these organisations is a member of The Heritage Alliance. Explore our membership opportunities and benefits.