England’s heritage sector - funding and investment, widening audiences, and growing social and economic impact

09:00 – 13:00
Central London
Westminster Media Forums
£230 plus VAT

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Discussion will focus on key developments in funding and innovation, as well as the role of the sector in supporting the regeneration and local economic growth strategies being rolled out in areas across the UK.

The conference will be an opportunity to assess priorities for the delivery and distribution of the Government’s £250m Cultural Investment Fund - which was launched in the Autumn and aims to drive growth, tourism, and engagement with heritage in local communities throughout the country by revitalising existing heritage assets and supporting new cultural development.

Speakers and chairs

There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Emma Squire, Director, Arts, Heritage and Tourism, DCMS; and
  • Professor Andrew Chitty, Challenge Director: Audience of the Future, UKRI and Creative Economy Champion, Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Also speaking are: Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive, The Heritage Alliance; Rob Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Heritage Lab; Kate Mavor, Chief Executive, English Heritage; Rosemarie McHugh, Director of Product Development, Tourism Northern Ireland and Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Historic England.

The chairs are: Baroness Andrews, former Chair, English Heritage and Deputy Chair, Heritage Lottery Fund and Lord Lea of Crondall, Vice President, All-Party Parliamentary Arts and Heritage Group.

The agenda

  • Support for England’s Heritage Sector - next steps for policy;
  • New approaches to widening audiences - digital engagement, maximising opportunities presented by emerging technologies, and developing immersive and interactive experiences;
  • Where next for funding? Evaluating capital projects, new models of investment, and supporting organisations to become more financially sustainable;
  • Realising the social and economic value of heritage:
    • Restoration and revitalisation of heritage buildings and sites - maximising opportunities for commercial and community use;
    • Driving local regeneration, tourism, and growth;
    • Increasing community engagement with heritage assets, strengthening local identity, and next steps for High Street Heritage Action Zones;
    • Promoting inclusion, accessibility, and cultural and natural heritage conservation; and
    • Developing talent, knowledge, and capacity for engagement with the creative industries.
  • Case study: maximising heritage assets and developing visitor experiences.

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