London has a rich heritage, shaped by its historical importance as the capital of the UK and by the shared heritage of its population. It is one of Europe’s largest and most diverse cities as it is home to over 8.5million people from more than 270 nationalities and 300 languages. It is also one of the most visited cities in the world, largely due to is history, ceremony and world-class cultural institutions.

Irrespective of an individual’s personal history, all Londoners should have an understanding of and take pride in, our shared national heritage. That heritage holds cultural diversity, tolerance and mutuality at its core and cements London’s special place in the world.

Heritage is one of the three key dimensions of the Lieutenancy’s strategy: Building bridges for a fairer London. We will use the energy released from combining personal and common heritages to engender a sense of belonging. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Council on Heritage was established to deliver this objective.

The Chair of the Council on Heritage is Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE DL.

Adrian served for 35 years in the Royal Navy specialising as a helicopter pilot and flying instructor but also commanding five times at sea ranging from a minesweeper to HMS OCEAN, Britain’s largest warship. He was Head of the Fleet Air Arm for 5 years and retired from the Navy as Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command in 2008. He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar from 2009 to 2013. Amongst a variety of charitable interests he is a trustee and Deputy Chairman of the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Patron of a number of Veterans’ Associations.