All Party Parliamentary Group Report on Industrial Heritage

Historic England warmly welcomes the All Party Parliamentary Group on Industrial Heritage’s Report on the challenges impacting the industrial heritage sector.

The report highlights the key role that industrial heritage has played in our national identity and its massive potential to contribute to economic growth and place-making, as well as to well-being and community cohesion.


The report shows there is a wide degree of consensus in the sector around the challenges facing industrial heritage. There are real opportunities too; our recent report on mills in Greater Manchester and Lancashire shows that if vacant space in mills could be brought back into use they have the potential to provide 25,000 new homes in that area alone.


Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England said: “We look forward to working with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, owners and developers to find creative solutions for industrial buildings and structures on our Heritage at Risk Register. We, with partners, are playing our part by taking on the restoration of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, a remarkable piece of the industrial revolution that has been derelict for many years. We aim to save it and make it a place everyone can be proud to live, work and play in.

“Our recent polling shows that industrial heritage is highly valued by the public. In partnership with others we want to build on that to ensure it continues to play an important role in our national life and in the character and development of our cities, towns and landscapes.”

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