Sharing our Common Heritage
The Commonwealth Heritage Forum is an innovative new membership organisation open to all those interested in sharing in the conservation of the built heritage of the Commonwealth. We welcome membership from individuals, heritage bodies and trusts, professional practitioners and academic institutions.
The Forum subscribes to the principles and core values of the Commonwealth while working with partners to raise awareness through education and improving livelihoods by sharing skills and expertise. It has an important role to play in meeting certain Sustainable Development Goals in particular, SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG 13 Climate Action. By reusing and adapting the legacy of the past to meet 21st century requirements, best use can be made of the embodied energy which buildings contain reducing the carbon footprint of new development while revitalising historic neighbourhoods and existing communities. The creation of buildings and settings, by architects, engineers and craftsmen from myriad cultures generated a fusion of architectural traditions across the Commonwealth that are united in their diversity and creativity. This is a heritage shared by the whole Commonwealth.
Our interests embrace all aspects of our shared built environment from industrial archaeology to the conservation of historic buildings, areas, structures and man-made landscapes of all periods.
Some of the shared built heritage of the Commonwealth is a significant component of the infrastructure of many countries. In many places this is highly valued, but sometimes it is contested and its cultural value questioned. The Forum believes that by inviting individuals and organisations in Commonwealth countries to connect, there is scope for multiple narratives and for sharing perceptions, knowledge and experience to promote understanding and respect for the cultural sensitivities of all its peoples.
The Forum has the potential to draw together many widely-dispersed organisations and individuals. By sharing expertise, best practice and common solutions to common problems, we can help each other recognise opportunities for conservation-led regeneration, sustainable economic growth, skills development, training and youth programmes.