HEF Events

Foresight Day 2023

Foresight Day 2023 took place on 21st June at the Garden Museum, London. The event was preceded by a members’ tour of Lambeth Palace Library, coordinated by HEF member the Church of England.

For 2023, the focus of Foresight Day looked at two main themes:

  • Manifesto Asks for Heritage
  • Heritage and Participation.

The objectives of the 2023 Foresight Day were:  

  • To provide HEF Members with the opportunity to discuss sector priorities as we move into a pre-General Election period, and to sift and shortlist some key, common-ground issues that could later be shaped into potential manifesto ‘asks’.
  • To provide HEF members with a space to consider and discuss the future of participation and inclusion in the sector, including hearing views from an expert guest speaker – Dr Sara Perry, Museum of London Archaeology.

You can download a summary of the event here.

Foresight Day 2022

In 2022, the focus of the Historic Environment Foresight Day was around the delivery of the Heritage Sector Resilience Plan. The event also provided an opportunity Historic Environment Forum (HEF) Members to consider the foresight work currently underway by ICCROM.

The objectives of the 2022 Foresight Day were:  

  • To engage HEF Members with the newly launched Heritage Sector Resilience Plan and capture priority actions to feed into the development of a delivery plan.
  • Introduce ICCROM’s Foresight initiative.

You can download a summary of the event here.

Foresight Day 2021

Originally organised as part of the programme Heritage 2020, Foresight Days bring together member organisations of the Historic Environment Forum (HEF) to discuss relevant themes for the future of the sector.

In 2021 the Foresight Day focused on Collaboration for Heritage Recovery, building on the work carried out by HEF and Historic England in early 2021 with the production of the Heritage Recovery Plan.

The objectives of the 2021 Foresight Day were:

  • To complete the action plan for the different sections of the Heritage Recovery Plan, suggesting all necessary collaborative actions to build it, plus consider any new actions which should be added to the recovery plan for each theme.
  • To discuss collectively three of the topics of the forthcoming Heritage Statement (announced by the Heritage Minister Caroline Dinenage MP at the Alliance’s Heritage Day 2021).

You can download a summary of the event here