Rievaulx Abbey (c) English Heritage

Heritage Council forges closer links between government and heritage sector

Patrick Steel, 11.05.2018
Newly-formed council to work on planning and other issues in England
The government has created a Heritage Council, which will look to strengthen links between government departments and the heritage sector in England, supporting heritage and placemaking in regeneration.

Alongside the Department for Culture, Digital, Media and Sport, the Treasury, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Heritage Council includes Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Heritage Alliance, Natural England, the National Trust, and Historic Houses.

“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,” said England's arts and heritage minister, Michael Ellis.

“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 support the government in the implementation of policy and raise issues affecting the sector.

“In addition the council and government will work together on issues such as planning, environmental protection, social and economic development and education.”