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Value and Impact of Heritage

Heritage makes a significant contribution to the economy and has a positive impact on communities and individuals. Discover the latest research and resources from Historic England which provide the evidence base.

In 2014 there were at least 67 million visits to historic sites in England. This tourism activity supports 134,000 direct jobs and £5.1 billion direct economic output.

Research has also demonstrated that heritage can improve personal well-being and life satisfaction, as well as add value to the cost of your home.

Historic England is always looking at innovative ways to explore and measure the value of heritage. Important areas of our research include:

Group of women standing at a street stall
Promoting the new route on The Coleridge Way © Steve Guscott, Exmoor National Park Authority

Vital Statistics (2015)

This document highlights key facts and statistics relating to heritage in England, concerning: discovery, identification and understanding of heritage; constructive conservation and sustainable management; public engagement; capacity building; and advocacy. 

Vital Statistics

Vital Statistics

Published 23 July 2015

This document highlights key facts and statistics relating to heritage in England.

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Adala Leeson

Head of Social and Economic Research

Engagement Group