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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).

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 2013' is skills in the historic environment.

There is a national report and nine regional reports which outline the key changes in each English region.

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Heritage Counts 2013 - Skills in the Historic Environment

This year 'Heritage Counts' focuses on skills in the historic environment. New research has revealed that nearly half of all organisations feel their workforce is currently lacking skills and most do not have a training budget.

'Heritage Counts 2013' explores the theme of skills in various pieces of research:

  • A literature review, bringing together previous research on skills in the historic environment.
  • Research into the skills of historic environment specialists in local authorities.
  • A survey of skills gaps and shortages across the historic environment and cultural heritage sector.
  • Findings from the lastest update 'Repair, Maintenance and Retrofit of Traditional Building Skills'.

In addition to the data on skills, 'Heritage Counts' summarises the key policy changes from the last year and reports on a wide range of indicators for the historic environment.

Hard copies of the national 'Heritage Counts 2013' report can be ordered from English Heritage Customer Services on 0870 333 1181.


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

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