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Heritage and Society

Heritage plays a significant role in society, enhancing our wellbeing and quality of life, improving the way places are perceived, and engaging the general public. 

Heritage and Society is produced each year by Historic England on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum (HEF). This document provides the body of evidence demonstrating the importance of heritage to society. These are based on reliable studies that are referenced and hyperlinked for anyone seeking more detailed information. The evidence presented here can be used by anyone who seeks to understand the social value of heritage and advocate for the historic environment.

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