Sharing our Common Heritage

The Commonwealth Heritage Forum is an innovative new membership organisation open to all those interested in the shared built heritage of the Commonwealth and across the world. 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.

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.

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 equally 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 for the benefit of all.

The Forum 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 recognise opportunities for conservation-led regeneration, sustainable economic growth, skills development, training and youth programmes.

Our Aims

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COMMUNICATION

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

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EDUCATION

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

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INSPIRATION

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

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CONSERVATION

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

What we do

The CHF is supported by an International Advisory Committee representing the principal regions of the Commonwealth. As we expand, individual countries will establish their own national chapters under the global umbrella of the Forum.

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

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

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

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

Our Sponsors

Individual sponsors include

Andrew Fane OBE
Ann Chapman - Daniel

Our Supporters

Organisations which share our aims include:

  • Adam Architecture
  • Asia - Scotland Trust
  • BACSA (British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia)
  • British Council
  • British Napoleonic Bicentenary Trust
  • Caribbean Heritage Network
  • Commonwealth Association of Architects
  • Commonwealth Association of Museums
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica
  • Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa
  • Heritage Foundation of Pakistan
  • Heritage Trust of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Historic England
  • ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments & Sites)
  • Institute for Historic Buildings Conservation
  • INTO (International National Trusts Organisation)
  • INTBAU (International Traditional Building Architecture & Urbanism)
  • Naval Dockyards Society
  • The Prince’s Foundation
  • Peregrine Bryant Architects
  • PUBLIC (People United for Better Living in Calcutta)
  • SAVE Britain’s Heritage
  • Seaforth Land Holdings
  • South Georgia Heritage Trust
  • Think City Malaysia
  • Turquoise Mountain
  • UK Antarctic Heritage Trust
  • United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association
  • The West India Committee
  • ICOMOS Singapore