Our policy priorities

Campaigning for the things that matter most if we're to keep independent heritage safe for the benefit of future generations

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Historic houses are hubs for culture in the countryside and vibrant small businesses, providing important employment opportunities and leisure experiences in rural communities in all corners of our four nations.

They are at the heart of the UK’s world-leading tourism industry – attracting millions of visitors, generating thousands of jobs, supporting communities across the country and driving the rural economy.

Based in Westminster, our small UK policy team works closely with government, stakeholders and politicians across the political spectrum to shape and influence policy for the benefit of heritage and tourism. Historic Houses Scotland works in close partnership with Scottish Land & Estates and other stakeholders on Scottish policy work, and in Wales our part-time Policy Adviser engages with Welsh government, politicians and stakeholders on behalf of Historic Houses in Wales.

We are passionate about the extraordinary historic houses we represent, and are committed to advocating for a fiscal and regulatory framework in which they are able to thrive for the benefit of the nation.

We ensure our houses are robustly represented in policymaking in areas such as taxation, de-regulation, planning and tourism through:

  • Direct discussion with ministers and civil servants
  • Regular meetings with cross-party MPs and their equivalents in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Producing robust evidence and case studies to aid policy-making
  • Responding to a wide-range of consultations and calls for evidence
  • Generating and supporting new research partnerships
  • Working closely with colleagues across the heritage and tourism sectors, and contributing to a broad range of collaborative projects.


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