Register now for Heritage Day 2011!

is now open for one of the biggest events in the heritage calendar - the Heritage Alliance’s annual Heritage Day, sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Heritage Day 2011 will take place on Thursday 8 December in the Grade II* listed (lunchtime reception) and its neighbour the Metropolitan Wharf building (afternoon conference). These fascinating examples of London’s rich industrial history are situated in the well-known Wapping Wall Conservation Area, lying on the north bank of the Thames midway between the City of London and Canary Wharf. These two neighbouring buildings form two sides of the Wapping Heritage Triangle, with London’s oldest surviving riverside pub, the well-known Prospect of Whitby (built in 1543), forming the third. Wapping is easily reached by public transport from central London within 20 minutes, or drivers can make use of the venue’s free .

Following the Members-only AGM in the morning, the packed will commence at 1.00pm with a hot lunch, a chat with colleagues and a chance to explore the power station, after which delegates will head to neighbouring Metropolitan Wharf for the afternoon conference. Alliance Chairman Loyd Grossman will deliver his review of the year, followed by a keynote speech from Chair of the National Trust Simon Jenkins, and a Q&A session chaired by Alliance Deputy Chair Ian Lush. Delegates will also be treated to the announcement of the winner of the second Heritage Alliance Hero Award.

Heritage Day is open to all; attendance is £25 for members, £35 for non-members and £5 for students. Advance registration is essential for both members and non-members: please click to download a booking form and return it with a cheque or BACS payment by 1 December either by email to or by post to Toks Ferguson, The Heritage Alliance, Clutha House, 10 Storey’s Gate, London SW1P 3AY.

What's New?

  • Britain was the world’s first industrial nation and has a wealth of industrial heritage but many industrial sites have been lost or are at risk due to functional redundancy. English Heritage's survey has shown that the percentage of listed industrial buildings at risk is three times greater than the national average for listed buildings at risk.
  • The value of a well managed, protected and appreciated historic environment to both our quality of life and to the economy is well established. Heritage tourism contributes £20.6 billion to GDP a year whilst research shows that 93% of people think that in improving their local place it is important to save heritage assets.