Release of Manifesto for Heritage in Wales

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2016


The Wales Heritage Group has called on politicians to realise the economic, social, cultural, and environmental potential of heritage in Wales. 

In the release of its ‘Manifesto for Heritage’, published in March 2016, it calls for better support to develop this vital part of Wales’ economy and identity.

Baroness Andrews OBE, former Chair of English Heritage and consultant on culture and heritage to the Welsh Government, said:

“Wales needs to make the most of its spectacular heritage. I’m delighted this Manifesto acknowledges the Welsh Historic Environment as a catalyst for tourism and regeneration and as vital to the sustainable future of Wales”.

Published in the run up to the Welsh National Assembly elections on 5th May 2016, the manifesto sets out four main objectives:

  • to value heritage assets
  • to ensure that the past works for the future
  • to ensure better resources for the heritage sector
  • to increase nation-wide involvement in heritage

It calls for politicians to adopt these objectives in policy documents, in order to incorporate the needs of heritage in political decision-making.

The Wales Heritage Group

The National Churches Trust is a member of the Wales Heritage Group, an alliance of organisations that work to protect and preserve the built environment in Wales. The group aims to create a combined and strengthened voice for those who work in this area. Other organisations include the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust, and the Friends of Friendless Churches.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, said:

“Church and chapel buildings are a great asset that benefit all of Wales. They are places of beauty and community hubs.

"With funding for maintaining places of worship always in short supply, it is important that effective ways are found to support the religious built heritage of Wales. The Manifesto for Heritage is a welcome step to recognise the value of these unique heritage assets.” 

The full manifesto can be read here.