Sir Laurie Magnus (Historic England) said: “England’s historic environment is a great force for good. It enhances the quality of our surroundings, provides employment, helps underpin our national identity and generally lifts our spirits.
Engaging with heritage can provide benefits both to the wider community and individually. It can allow us to own our identity and enable us to decide how we would like to be represented, furthermore it can give us a voice regarding the direction of regeneration efforts.
Evidence suggests that community engagement allows for better regeneration outcomes and notably that recognising local heritage in development leads to a more inclusive regeneration.
Health and wellbeing, is a growing field of research in the heritage sector and various studies acknowledge positive influences heritage engagement can have:
- Positive social experiences.
- Opportunities for learning and gaining new skills.
- Calming experiences, leading to decreased anxiety.
Research demonstrates that when people participate in cultural activities, which can include emotional, physical and intellectual involvement, these can provide positive mental and physical health benefits.
Heritage is good for you!