Heritage Counts 2010, the essential guidebook to the historic environment, has just been published by English Heritage. This year the publication focused on the economic benefits of the historic environment, looking in particular at the impact of historic environment regeneration and investment in historic visitor attractions. Key findings include
- £1 of investment in the historic environment generates £1.6 of additional economic activity over a ten year period.
- Investment in the historic environment attracts businesses, one in four businesses agree that the historic environment is an important factor in deciding where to locate, the same as for road access.
- Investing in the historic environment brings more visitors to local areas and encourages them to spend more, approximately one in five visitors to areas which have had historic environment investment spend more in the local area than before, and one in four businesses has seen the number of customers increase.
- Historic environment attractions generates local wealth. Half of all jobs created by historic environment attractions are in local businesses.
As in previous year the Heritage Counts report also includes an update on the key policy updates of the last year, including the potential opportunities and challenges for the future and a summary of the Heritage Counts indicators including visitor figures, planning applications affecting the historic environment and the number of heritage assets. A full set of Heritage Counts indicators can also be downloaded from the Heritage Counts website.
Regional Heritage Counts documents provide a regional specific summary of the economic impact research plus an overview of the regional indicators and policy developments.
To download the Heritage Counts reports, the full set of indicators or to find out more about the economic impact research please visit the Heritage Counts website.