Heritage 2020 was a major collaborative initiative to sustain and promote the historic environment of England, encourage access and broaden knowledge for a variety of audiences.
It ran from 2015-2020 and involved over 40 organisations from across the historic environment sector in England.


Heritage 2020 was designed to give new impetus for collaborative action in the heritage sector with public, private and independent interests working together closely, pooling intellectual effort and coordinating financial resources, to achieve far more than is possible by solo effort.

Over the five years to 2020 the sector used the Heritage 2020 Framework to achieve changes in the way that the historic environment of England is understood, valued, cared for and enjoyed.

2020 Framework

The Heritage 2020 Framework sets out the shared strategic priorities for organisations to address together to maximise the public benefit of the historic environment in England. It outlines five strategic areas for collaboration, each of which will be developed further by a cross-sector working group. You can find the Framework, Action Plans and progress reports in this section.
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The Heritage 2020 working groups bring together individuals and organisations that are part of the Historic Environment Forum, have contributed to the development of the Heritage 2020 Framework or want to contribute towards its goals. Each group is looking at new ways of working on the priorities for each theme by identifying gaps to be addressed through collaboration.
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The Chairs and Vice Chairs of each of the five working groups sit on an Historic Environment Forum (HEF) sub-committee to ensure a coordinated approach between the five working groups, and links to the HEF.
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The Historic Environment Forum (HEF) is the top level cross-sector committee for the historic environment sector. Heritage 2020 is a HEF initiative and reports regularly to the Forum.
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“A key aim of Heritage 2020 is to demonstrate how partnership working can add value and lead to the delivery of outcomes which will enhance the understanding, protection, and engagement of the historic environment in England.”