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Overview of Key 2016 Developments in the Historic Environment

Each year, Heritage Counts provides an overview of key developments in the heritage sector.

The Historic Environment in 2016: An Overview

2016 has been an important year for the heritage sector and has witnessed several important developments including:

  • The publication of the Government’s Culture White Paper - the first comprehensive government strategy for the sector in over 50 years, and the first of its kind to reflect the value of all the cultural sectors.
  • The formal launch of the Heritage 2020 framework.
  • The first anniversary of the restructuring of English Heritage into Historic England and The English Heritage Trust.
  • On-going reforms to both legislation and policy within the planning sector.
  • The decision to leave the EU and the unknown effects upon the heritage sector.
  • The appointment of Karen Bradley as the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Continued participation in the heritage sector through - the launch of the Enriching the List project, the Discover England Fund, and the Great Place Scheme. 3.4 million people also took part in Heritage Open Days, and over 120,000 children benefited from the Heritage Schools programme.

Overviews from previous years can be found in the Heritage Counts Previous Reports page.

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