Heritage organisations

Heritage Alliance

The Heritage Alliance is the biggest coalition of heritage interests in the country, representing over 90 non-governmental heritage bodies with a combined membership of over 5million. Founded in 2002 to promote the central role of the independent heritage movement in the historic environment, it has become a leading advocate of everyone from specialist advisers, practitioners and managers to volunteers, owners, national funders and regeneration projects. To this end, it briefs decision-makers, coordinates action amongst members and updates the sector on relevant policy changes.

Areas of interest


  • EU and UK historic environment policy
  • Advocacy and public affairs
  • Funding sources
  • Capacity building


  • Engaging with policy-makers in Government and Parliament
  • Comprehensive briefing for members and media
  • Advice and guidance for interested bodies.

Information-sharing and networking

  • Regional networking events
  • Debates and workshops on relevant issues
  • The extensive network provides timely and expert advice
  • Heritage Update e-bulletin circulated every fortnight. For those who wish to subscribe, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


  • The Heritage Alliance Heroes Award for outstanding volunteer work


  • The Heritage Alliance is not a grant-giving body, but does maintain the Heritage Funding Directory with up-to-date listings of available grants, awards and other sources of funding.