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Welcome to Heritage Counts

What Is Heritage Counts?

'Heritage Counts' is an annual survey of the state of England's historic environment. It is produced by English Heritage on behalf of the Historic Environment Forum (HEF).

'Heritage Counts' aims to provide historic environment professionals and those interested in the historic environment with the information and data required to make decisions and influence policy about the historic environment. It will also allow them to make the case for heritage.

Each year 'Heritage Counts' explores the social and economic role of the historic environment and focuses on a different theme. The theme of 'Heritage Counts 2014' is the value and impact of heritage.

There is a national report as well as nine regional reports and a number of research reports undertaken each year to support the Heritage Counts theme.

'Heritage Counts' also provides national and regional datasets and maps, showing historic environment asset data.

There is also a range of case studies relating to each yearly theme.

This year Heritage Counts is also supported by Local Authority Profiles which are comprehensive datasets for local communities and authorities on local historic environments.

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Heritage Counts 2014 - The Value and Impact of Heritage

This year’s edition of 'Heritage Counts’ provides an overview of research on the value and impact of heritage.

'Heritage Counts’ 2014 explores the value of heritage by looking at three key areas:

  • Levels of heritage participation and perceptions of heritage among members of the public.
  • Different types of heritage impact: Individual, Community and Economic.
  • The ways in which economists have tried to quantify the overall value that people place on heritage.

The full reports for the research above can be downloaded separately from the Value and Impact of Heritage page.

Hard copies of the national 'Heritage Counts 2014' report can be ordered from English Heritage Customer Services on 0870 333 1181.

A party in the rejuvenated Breaker's Yard, Sutton House, London

A party in the rejuvenated Breaker's Yard, Sutton House, London
© Sam Roberts


Laura Clayton
Head of Social and Economic Research
Government Advice
t: 020 7973 3730

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