How to involve as many people as possible from all backgrounds in heritage.

Priorities for collaboration

The key priorities that were identified for collaborative action by the sector, working together are:

  • Increasing overall levels of participation – numbers of volunteers, visitors and heritage organisation members, with a particular emphasis on increasing diversity through effective strategies to engage under-represented groups.
  • Giving individuals and communities the tools and encouragement to better understand, investigate, manage, enjoy, make decisions about and raise funds for the historic environment around them.
  • Championing high quality learning experiences for children and young people within and outside the classroom, supporting the delivery of the school curriculum and the wider Cultural Education agenda.
  • Developing improved communication and alliances within and beyond the historic environment sector so that the benefits people experience from engaging with the historic environment are understood, resource and delivered in a wider strategic context.
  • Supporting, sustaining and developing programmes and strategies which promote people’s entitlement to connect with their historic environment.

The working group has created an ‘activity log’ that captures activity in the sector against these priorities. It has mapped the Heritage 2020 Framework priorities against the headings of the Culture White Paper and has identified priority areas for which it will develop actions for 2016-17.

Priorities for 2016-17

Understand what diversity means to the heritage sector and identify where the big possibilities for partnerships between heritage organisations and organisations that bring diversity lie.
The desired outcome is an ethos of cultural entitlement where everyone has a right to understand the values of cultural heritage, has a sense of ownership of cultural assets, and advocates a collective responsibility for the cultural landscape.