A zebra crossing in a street in Oswestry
Cross Street, Oswestry, Shropshire © Historic England DP044165
Cross Street, Oswestry, Shropshire © Historic England DP044165

Call for Arts and Heritage Organisations to Join Their Local Authority’s 'Cultural Consortium' Group

Historic England is calling for arts organisations across England to join their local authority’s ‘Cultural Consortium’ group, which are being put together as part of 69 new High Streets Heritage Action Zones (HAZ) announced by Government this autumn.

Each Cultural Consortium will be made up of arts organisations and community groups which operate in their local area.

Working with their local authority, each Cultural Consortium will be responsible for using available grant funding to create an arts and culture offering that will encourage people to enjoy their local high street. It will be envisaged and delivered by the community, for the community, and will celebrate their high street in whatever way they see fit.

Consortia will be offered training and guidance through a series of development days that will give advice and guidance on how to put on a cultural programme.

See the full list of 69 High Streets

High Streets Heritage Action Zone

High Streets Heritage Action Zone funding was announced by Government in September 2019. It is administered by Historic England and will improve historic English high streets.

The scheme will provide support for historic high streets and the communities who use them so they can adapt to the challenges they face. Through the programme, councils, businesses and community groups will be able to access expert advice and investment to bring historic buildings back to life. Disused or underused buildings will be transformed into creative spaces, offices, shops and housing. This revival will become the catalyst for wider regeneration, with heritage and local character at its heart.

If your group or organisation wishes to get involved, please contact Ellen Harrison, Head of Public Programming by 30 November and she will put you in touch with the relevant high street co-ordinator.