Heritage Debate 2020

The Heritage Partnerships Team is pleased to feature the recording of Heritage Alliance's Heritage Debate 2020, which was co-hosted by our National Trust Partnership Lead, Alice Purkiss. This recording was first uploaded on Heritage Alliance's YouTube channel.



The Heritage Alliance were delighted to welcome over 300 attendees on Monday 23rd November to their first-ever virtual version of the annual Heritage Debate, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance. The Heritage Debate is an annual event that the Alliance uses as a springboard for discussion on topics currently affecting the sector. In 2020, they explored how young people engage with heritage and how the sector can support and empower these young people to become advocates for heritage into the future with the topic Young People and Heritage: Creating Lifelong Supporters?

Co-Chaired by The Heritage Alliance’s own Daniella Briscoe-Peaple alongside Oxford University’s Alice Purkiss, they welcomed four panellists from across the sector:

Alison Bowyer, Executive Director, Kids in Museums

Ana Persinaru, Youth Engagement Consultant

Anita Kerwin-Nye, Director of Strategy and Engagement, YHA

Grace Connelly, SPAB Education and Training Officer.

Attendees were treated to a keynote speech from 4 of English Heritage’s Shout Out Loud Young Producers, who offered the panel provocations that kickstarted the Debate, and event sponsors Ecclesiastical offered an insight into their recent youth and heritage research study. This video can be watched with captions - look for the 'CC' button at the bottom of the YouTube player and turn captions/subtitles on in your chosen language.

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