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The Historic Towns and Villages Forum (HTVF) has over 30 years’ experience in promoting the prosperity and heritage of historic cities, towns and villages. Its work is rooted in the recognised value of heritage assets to social, economic and environmental well-being, and how to successfully manage change.

The HTVF is an independent membership organisation funded from events and membership fees, and sponsorships.

We are delighted that the HRH Prince Charles is our Patron, and that the Herbert Lane Trust is one of our key supporters. The HTVF is based in Kellogg College, Oxford, the only graduate college in Oxford University, and we share common values by creating and promoting opportunities for lifelong and flexible learning, and working with a wide range of people and their interests.

Our main activities include:
  • organising and delivering topical and relevant conferences, seminars and other events
  • maintaining partnership links with Government and non-governmental organisations, policy makers and private sector companies
  • sharing good practice through publications and web-based information exchange
  • influencing key policy-making bodies, and
  • maintaining links with Europe and other global partners.
The HTVF supports practitioners in their work and offers guidance and professional development opportunities. We support members in delivering corporate objectives, and work with communities to promote sustainable and liveable change in historic places.


Recent feedback from our events:
“It was really wonderful to take part in the seminar and get so much interesting information on Oxford and its heritage protection”
“It was a really excellent day, very interesting, with some great contributors.  Much food for thought…”

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