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Heritage Counts

Heritage Counts is a body of research and statistics produced annually to help better understand the historic environment and the challenges it faces.

Cover of the Heritage Counts 2015 main publication 
Adlingfleet Medieval Rectory, East Riding of Yorkshire © Historic England

The Heritage Counts report is produced annually by Historic England on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum  (HEF).

Heritage Counts resources:

Each year, Heritage Counts concentrates on a different theme. Previous topics include climate change (2008), sense of place (2009), the Big Society (2011), resilience (2012), training and skills (2013), and the value and impact of heritage (2014).

This 2015 edition of Heritage Counts reports on the views and experiences of those responsible for looking after the local historic environment. Three pieces of research were commissioned, which are all summarised in the National Report:

Alastair Coey Architects and ECORYS (previously Ecotec) were appointed to undertake a survey of listed residential building owners. Questions were developed around the following areas:

  • Awareness and knowledge: familiarity with listed building consent requirements and the planning processes; engagement with heritage organisations, access to information and guidance.
  • Drivers and barriers for repair and maintenance: the frequency and type of work undertaken; access to specialist workers; access to specialist materials.
  • Attitudes: understanding the value owners place on owning a listed building.

Colliers were commissioned to investigate what might be done by the public sector to encourage conversion of large heritage assets at risk to residential use.

The UK Association of Preservation Trusts (UKAPT) was commissioned to undertake research amongst building preservation trusts. The aim was to provide insight into the motivation behind the adoption of particular projects, how work was financed, community involvement and the future maintenance of different projects.

Visit the Heritage Counts website  for the full findings.

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