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 Ms Kathryn McDowell CBE DL.

Managing Director of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2005, Kathryn has held a variety of roles in the arts, including Music Director of the Arts Council; leading the bid to build Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff; and directing City of London Festival. Brought up in Northern Ireland, she has a special interest in education, and currently serves on the Board of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is Chair of the Association of British Orchestras and the UK Family Arts Campaign; and a member of St Paul’s Cathedral Council. Her wider interests include tennis, hill-walking and travel.