Established under The Heritage Act 1995, the Heritage Council is a public body working in the public interest.
The Heritage Council provides policy advice for government on heritage issues that include sustainability, landscape management, high nature value farming, forestry and climate change.
Education has always been at the heart of the Heritage Council’s work programme. Our Heritage in Schools Scheme, in particular, plays a key role in encouraging interest and participation from an early age. We also support a wide range of professional development programmes that to date have dealt with landscape, museums, archaeology and traditional skills.
We raise awareness
Through our publications, promotions, social media and the hugely successful National Heritage Week we focus on contacting, informing, engaging and even entertaining as wide and as varied a range of people as possible. We are ever-conscious of the need to remind people of the value and beauty of heritage in a time where so many other issues and events compete for their attention.
We work with local communities
Community involvement is at the heart of the Heritage Council’s vision for national heritage. Our work with local communities supports jobs, education and heritage tourism in our local areas, delivering a rich tourism experience and excellent practice in the care of our nation’s valuable heritage assets.
Since our establishment in 1995, we have put in place heritage infrastructure and networks to enable communities participate in and take responsibility for the development and conservation of the heritage of their areas. Success has been achieved through working in partnership with local authorities and statutory agencies. The results of such projects include the Community-Led Village Design Toolkit, the Heritage Officer Programme and a wide range of projects undertaken under The Heritage Management Grants Scheme.
We work with partners
The Heritage Council works with partners, particularly at local level, to increase awareness of our national heritage and to highlight its importance to public policy and everyday life.
Most important is our ongoing relationships with local authorities across the country. Building expertise and resources at local level has been a key objective of the Heritage Council since it was established in 1995. Management and responsibility of heritage at local level is often the best means to ensure its long-term care and sustainable use.
The Heritage Council has a complex national brief across natural, cultural and built heritage which places a heavy and welcome reliance on us to work with others to achieve common aims together. In addition, the Heritage Council provides core funding to a number of bodies in order to support the needs of the sector and to help achieve shared aims. Find out more
We support the heritage sector
The projects and initiatives we fund, participate in or support in other ways are carried out in line with best conservation practice. They help support and maintain a wide network of highly-skilled heritage professionals that includes conservators, thatchers, builders, ecologists, archaeologists, conservation architects and museum curators.
Our work complements and builds on the work of other state heritage bodies which have primary responsibility for the care of property in state ownership and the designation of protected areas.