New Heritage Council aims to help sector thrive

The government has partnered with key heritage bodies to create a Heritage Council to support the sector.

A statement from the government said: “The Heritage Council seeks to strengthen the link between the country’s heritage and the wider regeneration and placemaking agenda as well as helping government to best support the heritage sector.”

Heritage and tourism minister Michael Ellis (pictured) said: “Heritage is an important part of our communities. It helps us to make sense of our past and shape the places we live, work and visit.

“The sector provides employment for hundreds and thousands of people and is an economic driver in our economy.

“Our history and heritage are part of what make our country an attractive place to live and visit and I am committed to ensuring that we continue to be a world-leader in the protection and preservation of our historic sites so that we remain a go-to destination.”

The council will create closer links between the government and the sector and will “enable dialogue to drive progress in key policy areas affecting heritage”.

It will also work with government on issues such as planning, environmental protection, social and economic development and education.

As well as the heritage and tourism minister, the core council members from government departments are Lord Gardiner of Kimble, minister for rural affairs and biosecurity; Heather Wheeler, minister for housing and homelessness; and John Glen, economic secretary to the treasury.

They are joined by Duncan Wilson (Historic England); Ros Kerslake (Heritage Lottery Fund); Lizzie Glithero-West (Heritage Alliance); James Cross (Natural England); Hilary McGrady (National Trust); and Dr Ben Cowell (Historic Houses).