The Heritage 2020 framework sets out strategic priorities for collaborative working by the historic environment sector across England. Achieving the ambitions of the framework requires action by individuals and organisations, often working together to add value to individual efforts.

A key value of the framework is that it shows how the sector is working together to shared aims, and this can be clearly demonstrated by organisations individually showing how they are contributing to the collective effort.

How to support Heritage 2020

Any organisation can produce a statement, either as a standalone document or integrated with existing organisational mission statements or strategic objectives, which articulates how they link with the priorities of the Heritage 2020 Framework. Please share such statements with us and contribute to the annual report of progress.

Annual report

An annual report will be prepared on collective progress which links in with the strategic priorities defined in the framework. This will be published in the autumn of each year as part of the annual Heritage Counts publication (www.heritagecounts.org.uk) which is overseen by the Historic Environment Forum.

Annual consultation

Linked to the publication of the annual progress report there will be an annual consultation on the Heritage 2020 framework and the evolving strategic priorities in the autumn of each year.

The 2016 Heritage 2020 consultation asked for your contributions to the themes that have been identified as priorities for short-term action by the five working groups.
Thank you to everyone who contributed their insight and views to the current areas of activity which include: research needs, diversity in public engagement, the new Apprenticeship landscape and its potential to build capacity of the workforce, Local Authority service provision with respect to the historic environment, guidance and support relating to the transfer of publicly owned assets, resilience of high streets and how Heritage 2020 can support you in building and communicating a positive message about the contribution of the historic environment to politicians and Government.

The consultation responses will be shared with the Heritage 2020 HEF subcommittee and the working groups at their next meetings between now and March 2017. Findings will also be shared through the Heritage 2020 community.

It is anticipated that the priorities will evolve year by year within the existing themes, and that a major review of the definition of the themes and the structure of the framework will be undertaken before a new Heritage 2025 framework is published in draft for consultation in 2019, prior to its introduction in April 2020.

Project team

You can contact the team working on the delivery of the framework, including the working groups, through Caroline Peach, who provides support to the project.

Email: Heritage2020@theheritagealliance.org.uk

Post: Heritage 2020, c/o The Heritage Alliance, Clutha House, 10 Storeys Gate, Westminster, London SW1P 3AY.