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Heritage Counts

On behalf of the Historic Environment Forum

Heritage Counts is the annual audit of England's heritage, first produced in 2002.

The Historic Environment Forum is the high level cross-sectoral committee for England, bringing together chief executives and policy officers from public and non-government heritage bodies to co-ordinate initiatives and strengthen advocacy work and communications.

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

  • A woman and 2 kids on a Victorian carousel.

    Heritage and Society

    Enhancing our wellbeing and quality of life, improving the way places are perceived, and engaging the general public.

  • 78 Allison Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, West Midlands. General view of Allison Street and Well Lane, view from south.

    Heritage and the Economy

    Findings from our studies of heritage and economic activity and new research: the Heritage Economic Impact Indicator Workbook 2017.

  • High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. South east corner of High Street West including 145, view from north.

    Heritage Indicators

    Each year, Heritage Counts collates a large dataset of indicators which give insights into the state of the historic environment.

  • Black and white photo of women working in an office, 1956.

    Your Views and Questions

    How to share your views and some frequently asked questions about Heritage Counts.

  • Street of housing in Noel Park Conservation Area

    2017 - 50 Years of Conservation Areas

    Heritage Counts 2017 focuses on 50 years of conservation areas.

  • Walmer Castle, Walmer, Deal, Kent.
The Queen Mother's Garden, view from the south.

    Regional Reports

    Regional Heritage Counts reports are prepared by Historic England on behalf of the Regional Historic Environment Forums.

  • St Michael's Church, Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury, Somerset. General view of ruins to tower of church, with people milling and enjoying the environment.

    2016 - Heritage and Place Branding

    In 2016 Heritage Counts researched the value and practice of place branding and the significant role of heritage in place brands.

  • Crowd attending Festival of History with Kelmarsh Hall in the background

    2015 - Local Historic Environment

    In 2015 Heritage Counts looked at research on the views and experiences of those responsible for looking after the local historic environment.

  • Photo of a crowded high street

    2014 - Value and Impact of Heritage

    In 2014 Heritage Counts looked at the social and economic value of heritage to communities, individuals and the economy

  • Photo of people silhouetted against stained glass windows

    2013 - Historic Environment Skills

    In 2013 Heritage Counts looked at the skills within the historic environment.

  • Photo of Rievaulx Abbey

    2012 - Heritage and Resilience

    In 2012 Heritage Counts looked at the relationship between heritage and resilience.

  • Photo of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Southwark

    2011 - Big Society

    In 2011 Heritage Counts looked at the historic environment and its place within communities.

  • Photo of shoppers

    2010 - Economic Impact

    In 2010 Heritage Counts explored the economic impact of investment in the historic environment.

  • Photo of a War Memorials

    2009 - Sense of Place

    In 2009 Heritage Counts focused on the role of the historic environment in shaping what individuals think and feel about where they live.

  • Photo of Stonehenge in the snow

    2008 - Climate Change

    In 2008 Heritage Counts focused on how climate change is posing significant challenges for the historic environment.