About the Forum

The aim of the Forum is to encourage heritage and history groups to come together and share activities, events and experience. The Committee normally meets regularly through the year, with an Annual General Meeting in spring or early summer, and at least one other annual event which can be an Open Day, a Local Listing Panel, talks or seminars, or another group event. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, all meetings have had to be suspended.

Currently the Forum is involved with updating the Historic Environment Action Plan (HEAP), with the Local Listing of heritage assets throughout West Berkshire, and with the District Council's Conservation Area Appraisals process. It has also created a template for a Blue Plaque process which has been made available to Parish Councils.

The 2020 and 2021 AGMs were postponed owing to the current Coronavirus pandemic. Further information on a rescheduled date will be available shortly, and it is hoped that in early 2022 a joint AGM can be held. A Local Listing Panel was held in August 2021, more information about this is available in the news items.  The Forum welcomes contact by Parish Councils and local societies with suggestions for Local Listing, which will be picked up in 2022. Training for Conservation Area Appraisals is going ahead with several parishes in West Berkshire.