Westminster Media Forum

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


This conference will consider key issues for England’s Heritage Sector - museums, galleries, historic places, and the partners and communities they work with.

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.

It will be an opportunity to assess priorities for the delivery and distribution of the Government’s £250m Cultural Investment Fund - which 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;
  • Professor Andrew Chitty, Challenge Director: Audience of the Future, UKRI and Creative Economy Champion, Arts and Humanities Research Council; and
  • Rosemarie McHugh, Director of Product Development, Tourism Northern Ireland.

Also speaking are: Carolyn Abel, Southampton City Council; Lizzie Glithero-West, The Heritage Alliance; Rob Kenyon, Heritage Lab; Alan Law, Natural England; Kate Mavor, English Heritage; Fran Sanderson, Nesta and Duncan Wilson, 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;
  • 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 economic 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.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Media Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: DCMS; Department for Communities, NI; Historic Environment Scotland; Defra; and the Department for International Trade.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates