Developing The Visitor Economy - Survey Findings

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Developing the Visitor Economy survey earlier in the Spring.  

A healthy visitor economy is key to supporting historic High Streets big and small, sustaining local heritage assets, and growing the local economy. A summary of the responses is available here.

We have had a really useful steer from our respondents about the issues to look at in more detail in our forthcoming:
'Practical Approaches to Cultivating a Visitor Economy' seminars.

These will look at:
      Important story of historic high streets/ town centres
      Recognising heritage assets and the importance of interpretation (local listing, etc.)

      Museum and town trail development
      Action plans for funding and resilience
      Partnership approaches to place-branding and marketing
      Marketing to International visitors
      Understanding hotel space demand and supply
      Alternative transport as part of tourism experience (walking, cycling, public transport).
Please see our Events page in due course:



FOUR TOWNS at 50: Bath, York, Chester and Chichester

Friday and Saturday 4-5 October 2019, The Assembly Room, Chichester
This special 2 day conference organised by the Chichester Conservation Area Advisory Committee marks the 50th anniversary of the Four Towns Studies in 1969.

These Studies were instrumental in starting to understand the value of historic places for how to plan places for the future. These test-bed studies were intended to "... produce solutions for specific local problems and to learn lessons of general application to all our historic towns."  This period heralded the start of conservation areas being designated and the formal recognition that groups of otherwise unremarkable buildings can create a unique character in our historic cities, towns and villages.
Speakers include key people from each of the four towns and cities, and the conference will examine the effects that the Studies have had on both the towns, but also conservation areas nationally today. See the detailed programme and booking details below: 



Looking for our publications to download? 

While we carry out some website maintenance, these can be accessed via our archived website:


HTVF invites applicants to join Board

Are you a senior local authority officer with responsibilities for conservation and design?  The Historic Towns and Villages Forum is interested to hear from members who have local authority experience to join its Board and contribute to the further development of its influence and activities.  The HTVF is now constituted as a not for profit limited company, and the Board meets around four times per year. Directors are expected to take responsibility for elements within the range of the Forum’s activities and promote greater interest in the benefits of membership, and greater participation in the services it offers.  

Now in its 33rd year, the HTVF is developing a refreshed programme of events, reflecting its broader membership and the opportunities and challenges presented to those who wish to protect and enhance the features of historic settlements.  It will continue to provide better practice guidance and undertake research to support those who care for and manage change in historic places. We aim also to build stronger relationships with partner organisations that have complementary interests.  For more information, see our website

If you are interested, please send your details to the Chair of the HTVF Steven Bee by Monday 4th March 2019.

Annual General Meeting 2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

Our AGM was held on 31 January 2019, and was very kindly hosted by Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, at 50 Broadway London SW1H 0BL.

You can download the following relevant documents here:

Congratulations to HTVF Board member Sara Crofts for her appointment as Chief Executive of ICON (The Institute of Conservation) from January 2019.

Sara was formerly at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)  as Head of Historic Environment for the last three years.

Coming up: ICOMOS Xmas Lecture
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Thrive & Revive Place

Have you seen the latest issue of Thrive & Revive's Place magazine? Follow this link for more on how to support our town centres


Check out the new details on our events planned in September and October at


Conservation & Urban Design

Available now and free to download - the special issue of the Urban Design Group's quarterly journal Urban Design featuring articles on different ways of valuing, counting, seeing and saving our heritage: