Each year, Heritage Counts collates a large dataset of indicators which provide an insight into the state of the historic environment. In most cases, these indicators have been collected since 2002, providing over 10 years of trend data.
The evidence collected is used by historic environment professionals to understand how the historic environment is changing, develop policies to protect it and to demonstrate its importance.
Data is organised according to the five strategic priorities of Heritage 2020 below (you can find out more about Heritage 2020 from the Historic Environment Forum web pages). The data is accompanied by easy-to-use statistics in Excel spreadsheets. These enable year-on-year changes in the historic environment to be tracked at national, regional and, wherever possible, local level:
Discovery, identification and understanding: Provides indicators on the scale and scope of the historic environment and assets
The following categories of information are available in the local authority profiles:
- Number of designated heritage assets
- Number of designated heritage assets classed as 'at risk'
- Whether there is a Heritage Champion
- Number of planning applications, listed building consents and parks and garden consents
- The number of historic environment specialists advising the local authority
Please note: Some users with older versions of Excel may experience difficulties opening the files. Please treat them as a trusted document in any dialogue boxes that pop up. If you still experience difficulties, please email [email protected] so we can send you the files.