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.

Taking part in 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.
The five Heritage 2020 working groups have identified priority areas for action and are leading a range of associated activities. These are summarised in the working groups’ action plans. We are keen to hear of work from across the sector that relates to these priorities. Please share your work with us so that we can record the contributions in the annual report of progress by the sector.

Annual consultation

The original vision for taking forward Heritage 2020 included an annual consultation on the Heritage 2020 Framework and the evolving strategic priorities, to take place in the autumn of each year, and to link to the annual progress report.

The Heritage 2020 HEF subcommittee wants to increase the opportunities for the historic environment sector to contribute directly to the Heritage 2020 action areas. Heritage 2020 is therefore seeking views on a proposed monthly Twitter chat (#HeritageChat) run from the handle @HeritageChat; we’re running a poll from 10th-16th August to see how many people are interested in taking part, see @Heritage2020.

How a #HeritageChat might work

Format: A regular monthly one-hour Twitter chat from @HeritageChat using the tag #HeritageChat.

Who would run it: Different people/organisations would be responsible for running the monthly chats. For example, one in four could be led by Heritage2020 and the others by different parts of the sector.

Themes: The theme would be set by the organiser. Ideally the theme will relate to one of the Heritage 2020 priority areas for action, but other topics that seek to strengthen partnerships and collaborative working in the historic environment sector are welcome.
The organiser puts out an open call for questions on the theme a week in advance of the scheduled #HeritageChat, and selects a number of questions (about 6 work well for an hour’s chat) and publishes these as the programme for the chat session.

During the chat: The organiser tweets the questions from @HeritageChat using a format that allows participants to respond to each question. Questions, answers and discussion are all tagged #HeritageChat during the conversation so everyone can follow the thread.

After the chat: The chat can be recorded and shared afterwards, for example using Storify.

What do we hope a #HeritageChat will achieve?

  • We want to connect Heritage2020 with historic environment sector organisations more widely than through the current working groups, HEF and news outputs.
  • We want to provide specific opportunities for the sector to contribute to Heritage 2020 action areas.
  • We want to strengthen Heritage 2020 working by benefitting from the wider sector’s ideas and enthusiasm.
  • We want to start to develop a Heritage 2020 network through which the sector can build and share the benefits of collaborative working.

You can see how other Twitter chats run at #uklibchat, #museumhour, or how a session can be used to bring together contributions on a theme #wildflowerhour.

Please email us at if you would be interested in helping to run a #HeritageChat – no commitment necessary at this stage!

2016 Heritage 2020 Consultation

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 have been shared with the Heritage 2020 HEF subcommittee and the working groups. This summary of the responses shows common themes and how the Heritage 2020 working groups are taking forward the suggestions received during the consultation in the development of their activities for 2017-18.
Read the summary of the Heritage 2020 consultation responses, 2016.

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.

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 ( which is overseen by the Historic Environment Forum.

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.


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