APPG for Civic Societies to consider how we level up our heritage high streets and town centres


On March 21st, the APPG for Civic Societies will host an event with Historic England, Bromsgrove Council, the Architectural Heritage Fund, and the Minister for Heritage.

The Civic Societies All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is pleased to announce a March 21st event featuring people involved in various approaches to revitalising town centres. The event, which will take place at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, will give attendees a rare opportunity to hear from key stakeholders and policymakers about their work in improving heritage high streets, town centres, and community engagement.

The discussion will centre on revitalising town centres and how communities can work together to promote and protect their heritage while also stimulating economic growth. There will be representatives from Historic England, Bromsgrove Council, the Architectural Heritage Fund, and the Minister for Heritage in attendance. They will share their experiences and ideas on innovative approaches to revitalising our town centres, with a particular emphasis on the value of collaboration.

The Architectural Heritage Fund is a charity that provides advice, development grants, and loans to communities across the United Kingdom in order to help them find innovative ways to revitalise their historic buildings. They will speak about Heritage Development Trusts and their work supporting community-led heritage projects during the session.

Bromsgrove Council, located in the West Midlands, was recently named the winner of Visa's Let's Celebrate Towns competition 2023, for their collaborative approach and vision to revitalise their town centre.

Historic England is the government agency in charge of championing and protecting England's historic environment, and it is the driving force behind the High Streets Heritage Action Zone initiative.

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, The Arts and Heritage Minister, whose portfolio includes heritage, culture, and tourism, will speak about the government's priorities and initiatives.

A series of presentations and panel discussions will be followed by a Q&A session with the speakers. Attendees will be able to learn about the recent succesful projects, as well as network with other civic leaders and policymakers.

Craig Mackinlay MP said: "As we work to revitalise our town centres and main high streets, collaboration is essential to protecting our heritage while promoting economic growth. Civic societies play an important role in promoting civic pride, heritage protection, and community engagement. That is why it is critical that they participate in the discussion and share their ideas on how to revitalise our town centres. The APPG for Civic Societies event provides an excellent opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to meet with civic leaders to discuss innovative approaches that will benefit our communities."


The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Civic Societies (APPG for Civic Societies) is a cross-party group of MPs and peers dedicated to promoting civic societies' roles in local communities and supporting their work in promoting civic pride, heritage preservation, and community engagement. This event is part of Civic Voice's ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the vital work done by civic organisations across the country.

The event is open to everyone, including civic leaders, heritage professionals, and policymakers. To register, please visit:

For further information, please contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)