Heritage and Society
In the 'Heritage and Society' section, we present the latest and seminal evidence about how the public connects with heritage and the value of heritage to society.
Our heritage encompasses the built historic environment, historic landscapes, stories from the past, memories and heritage collections.
With records and artefacts dating back thousands of years and in-use buildings dating back hundreds, our heritage is intertwined into places’, individuals’ and communities’ very identity. It plays a fundamental role in supporting and enhancing both individual and community wellbeing.
Definition: Individual wellbeing
How people feel and how they function, both on a personal and a social level, and how they evaluate their lives as a whole.
(New Economics Foundation)
Definition: Community wellbeing
The combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish ans fulfil their potential.
(Wiseman and Brasher, 2008. p.358)
In this section
The following articles explore the relationship between heritage and wellbeing. They highlight the many ways in which heritage can support individuals and communities to feel happier and healthier.