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Heritage Counts 2017 – heritage supports our happiness and wellbeing

A national report collating existing data on the societal value of Heritage

On behalf of the Historic Environment Forum

Heritage Counts is the annual audit of England’s heritage, first produced in 2002.The Historic Environment Forum is the high level cross-sectoral committee for England, bringing together chief executives and policy officers from public and non-government heritage bodies to co-ordinate initiatives and strengthen advocacy work and communications.

Key highlights from the report:

  1. Heritage plays an important part in our well-being and quality of life – 93% of residents say that local
    heritage has an impact on their quality of life.
  2. Heritage supports social cohesion and inclusion – People can develop much stronger, long-lasting connections with their communities through heritage conservation work.
  3. Heritage improves places – 80% of people think local heritage makes their area a better place to live.
  4. People value heritage – 73% of UK adults agree that the UK government has a moral obligation to protect our heritage.

Find the full report in the Heritage section of our Resources page.

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