About HTF

BathThe Historic Towns Forum (HTF), formerly the English Historic Towns Forum (EHTF), has been supporting professionals working in the historic built environment since 1987. The Forum's events and publications focus on perennial and topical issues. This collective then offers a strong platform from which to lobby policy makers on behalf of historic towns and cities.

EHTF was founded to establish and encourage contact between local authorities having responsibility for the management of historic towns and cities, and between these authorities and other public, private and voluntary sector agencies:

  • Through its network of expert practitioners and advisors, through partnership links with Government and non-government organisations, policy makers and private sector companies working in historic towns and cities
  • By influencing key policy making bodies which keeps Members' and Partners' concerns at the forefront of national agendas
  • Through European links including, the European Association of Historic Towns & Regions - (see Europe)

HTF is funded from three sources: -

  • Membership fees
  • Sponsorship 
    Corporate Partnerships: The Forum has a special relationship with selected private companies, each representing a particular area of interest. These companies enjoy unique benefits and a high profile within the Forum. 
    Support for publications and events, as and when appropriate
  • Publication sales and events fees

The Executive Committee, elected by the AGM, meets four times a year to discuss issues, agree work programmes and make policy decisions.

2011 Annual General Meeting Minutes
2010 Annual General Meeting Minutes

2009 Annual General Meeting Minutes

2012-2013 Annual Report (203KB)

2011-2012 Annual Report (323KB)

2010 - 2011 Annual Report (2.9MB)

HTF is administered by one full-time and one part-time member of staff, based at the University of Oxford, within Kellogg College.

The Forum holds a strategy meeting approximately bi-annually, bringing members of the Forum together, to discuss policy and strategy issues. Minutes for October 2008 Strategy Meeting

The Constitution was last amended by the AGM in October 2009.

Business Plan 2010 - 2012
Business Plan 2010 - 2012 Additional Information
Business Plan 2010 - 2012 Appendices

Business Plan 2007 - 2009


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