Working Groups

The historic environment sector is committed to working collectively, creatively and collaboratively with others across the public, private and third sectors to protect and enhance our historic environment, supporting the outcomes of the Programme for Government and Community Plans to tackle the challenges of climate change, improve our wellbeing and economy, and renew our sense of place.

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01. Strategy and

This group is the Steering Group for the alliance and is responsible for:

  • Leading on strategy and direction for the historic environment
  • Helping to mobilise and coordinate the sector.
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Virtuous circle, National Lottery Heritage fund

02. Advocacy and

Advocacy and communications are a key group, leading on:

  • Building coalitions within the sector
  • Raising the profile of the significance of the historic environment through a web and social media presence;
  • Liaising with communities, council and government to promote the economic, environmental, social and cultural value of heritage in NI
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Event at The Guildhall. Derry City & Strabane District Council

03. Funding, resourcing
and resilience

This group will support the sector by working to:

  • Identify relevant funding and investment sources
  • Help organisations be ready to access various types of funding
  • Provide support around income generation, staff, governance and volunteering
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Mussenden Temple at sunset. © National Trust Images/ Steven Hanna

04. Place Shaping

This ‘task and finish’ group was formed to:

  • Review approaches to placemaking across range of organisations/ areas
  • Identify case studies of best practice
  • Develop heritage led parameters for placemaking in NI
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Heritage Alliance visit to Armagh Townscape Heritage Scheme. © Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council. Credit

05. Data, evidence and

This group is responsible for gathering relevant data to support the sector including:

  • Updated research highlighting the economic, environmental, social and cultural values of NI heritage
  • Identifying knowledge gaps
  • Taking a leading role in updates of Heritage Statistics
  • Case studies showing impact of investment in heritage
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Image from Pixabay

06. Sustainability

This group will work to support a sustainable historic environment by:

  • Advocating for climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Case studies demonstrating role of historic environment in sustainable development
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