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Sector Insight

Historic England’s Social and Economic Research Team supports a variety of projects to better understand who, what, how and why heritage is cared for and managed. Information is available on heritage skills, participation and caring for places of worship.

It is only through the commitment and passion of individuals that the historic environment can thrive.

There is no single definition of what constitutes the heritage sector. Studies have considered professionals in the traditional buildings and architecture, alongside volunteering and the public’s use of heritage. 

Research is available on the following topics:

  • Encouraging participation
  • Heritage labour market
  • Caring for places of worship

Group observing a stonemasonry demonstration.
Developing skills at All Souls in Bolton © Andy Marshall
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Adala Leeson

Head of Social and Economic Research

Engagement Group