Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Why it’s important to us
We are committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) for our employees, volunteers, visitors and how we tell the story of England. This is important because by broadening the pool of talent and experience from which we draw our people, we ensure all members of society feel connected in some way to the heritage we protect on their behalf, and that we tell diverse stories from our past to illuminate how the country has evolved to be the place we inhabit today.
We have a culture within our organisation where every individual is valued for who they are, with respect given to their different perspectives on what stories we should be telling and what experience we need to offer for visitors from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs. Our organisation is all the richer for it.
From remote sites to inner city monuments, from regional teams to our principal offices in York, London, Swindon and Bristol, the diversity of our teams is critical in making sure our shared heritage is inclusive, exciting and accessible.
Telling Everyone's Story - Our EDI Strategy
Our aim is to tell the ‘story of England’ for everyone to enjoy, understand and value. We haven’t always reflected this in our people, audiences and storytelling and we want do more to involve everyone in England’s history.
In this strategy we have set out four areas we wish to focus on - people, audience, interpretation and networks. When you read the strategy you will see what we want to achieve to make sure that our workforce better reflects broader society, our sites are welcoming and accessible to all, and the stories we tell reflect the diverse history of England. By making progress in all of these areas we will help to ensure that English Heritage stays relevant and appeals to the widest possible audience.
Read our full EDI Strategy here
Watch our Chief Executive introduce our EDI strategy here:
Working for English Heritage
No matter what you do or where you do it, by joining us you’ll be playing a vital role in inspiring people to love and care for some of the greatest places in England so that they can be enjoyed today and for generations to come. You’ll find it’s a workplace like no other – taking you behind the scenes of these extraordinary sites and supporting you to share your ideas, inspire others and make a difference.
We work together to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and part of the organisation no matter their age, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation. We believe by being inclusive this drives better individual, business and organisational outcomes.
We expect everyone to be treated with equal dignity and respect. We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to challenge unacceptable behaviour and / or practices to ensure our environment enables people to flourish. We believe that our employees and volunteers should be able to bring their whole self to work.
We have a very equal gender balance in our top 50 senior management roles.
We understand our employees have a life beyond work. To support this, we have family friendly policies and promote flexible/hybrid working to ensure that you can balance your work and home life.
We are committed to the Disability Confident Scheme and are proud to support its aims. This means we will interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities. Where we can, we make work adjustments to accommodate both employees’ and volunteers’ needs.
Our membership of the Stonewall Champions Programme enables us to continue to have a workplace where all LGBT+ employees are welcomed without exception.
Our Recruitment Processes
Throughout the recruitment process we will ensure:
- No applicant receives less favourable treatment by reason of age, disability, gender re-assignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, or pregnancy and maternity.
- No applicant is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements, which cannot be justified by the requirements of the job.
- We have a zero tolerance policy on all forms of modern slavery and coerced labour of human trafficking. Please read our Modern Slavery Transparency Statement for more information.