Sharing our Common Heritage

The Commonwealth Heritage Forum is an exciting new membership organisation open to all those interested in the shared built heritage of the Commonwealth and the UK across the world. We welcome membership from heritage bodies and trusts, professional practitioners, academic institutions and individuals.

The Commonwealth Heritage Forum subscribes to the core values of the Commonwealth. It has an important role to play in showing how conservation-led regeneration is a key aspect of building a sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Our interests embrace all aspects of our shared built environment from industrial archaeology to the conservation of historic buildings, areas, structures and landscapes.

As the Forum develops, it has the potential to draw together many widely-dispersed organisations and individuals. By sharing expertise, best practice and common solutions to common conservation problems, we can help each other capitalise on opportunities for conservation-led regeneration, sustainable economic growth, skills development, education, training and youth programmes.

Our Aims

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To increase understanding and individual and collective knowledge of the built heritage of the Commonwealth between its peoples and institutions.

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To advance research, education and scholarship of the architectural, designed landscape and engineering heritage of the Commonwealth.

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To encourage the conservation of buildings and places of heritage interest by exchanging professional knowledge and expertise.

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To facilitate heritage conservation by providing opportunities for learning, understanding, skills development and capabilities for all.

What we will do

Currently, the steering group is engaged in initial fundraising, prior to appointing Trustees to oversee our activities. They will be supported by eminent Patrons appointed from across the Commonwealth. We hope that individual countries will want to establish their own national chapters under the global umbrella of the Forum.


We will publish regular online newsletters containing news, information and articles on subjects of common interest.


We will publish an annual journal of longer, in-depth articles on all aspects of shared heritage from case studies to technical solutions to common problems.


We will establish annual conferences to include site visits, lectures, seminars and presentations to share expertise and knowledge.


We will collate a list of shared heritage buildings and structures at risk to help find creative solutions for their adaptation to beneficial new uses.