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Official Statistics and Research Programmes

Historic England is an official provider of statistics on the historic environment: this includes designated assets and Heritage at Risk. Further research on these data is also commissioned to better understand the historic environment.

Official statistics

For the data described below we follow the guidance set out in the Code of Practice for statistics. This Code governs pre-release access and data collection methodology.

Historic England is responsible for:

We also work with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to produce the Taking Part Survey:

  • The Taking Part Survey measures participation in the historic environment and has been collecting data since 2005/06. It is managed by DCMS.
  • The Survey helps us understand levels of participation: we know from Taking Part that 72% of adults surveyed visited a historic site in 2013/2014.
  • Taking Part also collects data for museums, libraries, arts and sport engagement.

CASE research programmes

Led by DCMS, Historic England works with Arts Council England and Sport England on the Culture and Sport Evidence (CASE) programme.

CASE is a programme of strategic research which collects cross-cutting social and economic evidence to influence culture and sport policy.

Research includes:

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Adala Leeson

Head of Social and Economic Research

Engagement Group