Historic England – Heritage and Society Report 2020

Posted on 22/Oct/2020 Under Events, Events-Other

A new report on Heritage and Society has been published by Historic England as part of Heritage Counts 2020.

The report presents evidence about the value of heritage to society, individuals and community groups across England. The evidence is gathered from a wide range of sources including major household panel surveys, systematic literature reviews, bespoke evaluation studies and public opinion surveys. This year, exceptionally, the report includes a section presenting evidence about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our social lives including our engagement with and access to heritage.

Key findings include:

  • Virtual visits and digital engagement with heritage has helped people cope during lockdown.
  • Our local neighbourhoods have demonstrated their value during lockdown by helping us to cope.
  • Visiting heritage can ease the challenges associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
  • The heritage sector has an important role to play in our individual mental wellbeing in the future.

You can read and download the new report on the Historic England website at https://historicengland.org.uk/research/heritage-counts/heritage-and-society/  

Heritage Counts is produced by Historic England on behalf of the national Historic Environment Forum and supports the wider heritage sector to make evidence based decisions by bringing together and presenting evidence for the value of heritage. It includes annual documentsHeritage and the EconomyHeritage and Society, and Heritage and the Environmentas well as Heritage Indicators (annually-updated datasets and indicators).

The 2020 edition of Heritage and the Economy will be published later this year.