In 2012 'Heritage Counts' looked at the relationship between heritage and resilience: specifically, how those involved with heritage - public bodies, charitable organisations, businesses and private owners - are able to adapt to changing circumstances, 'Heritage Counts 2012' featured several pieces of research which tried to understand the idea of resilience in the Heritage sector:
The first piece of research, by the Work Foundation, looked at how heritage contributes to the resilience of the UK economy and signposts new opportunities for the sector in the future.
The second project, carried out by BOP Consulting, looked at the characteristics of resilient organisations - the factors which allow heritage organisations to cope with change over time. A variety of case studies of organisations, both public and private, from around the country were examined, and various characteristics identified:
The Historic Environment and the Big Society
There were several pieces of work commissioned for Heritage Counts 2011 which looked at the Historic Environment and the notion of the Big Society.
The first was by Civic Voice and comprised of a survey of Civic Societies to find out more about their activities, their demographics and their needs:
The Heritage Alliance also undertook a survey of its members to better understand the importance of the historic environment and its organisations within civic society:
Research was also commissioned from BritainThinks to understand how the heritage sector can best support these groups in their activities and find ways to get more people involved:
Economic impact of the historic environment
‘Heritage Counts 2010’ focused on the economic impact of the historic environment. Two research projects were undertaken to support this report. One explored the economic impact of historic environment regeneration and the other looked at the economic impact of historic attractions.
Tourism and Heritage
Each year, English Heritage commissions a report with Visit England to measure the number of visits to heritage attractions and provides a summary of the results in 'Heritage Counts'. The report includes information on visitor numbers, income, admissions costs, education visits and marketing spend.
Skills in the Heritage Sector
The 'Repair, Maintenance and Retrofit of Traditional Buildings Skills research update' published in November 2013 provides vital up-to-date evidence on demand and supply of traditional building skills, materials and training provision, needed for the repair, maintenance and energy efficiency retrofit of circa 6m traditional (pre-1919) buildings in England and Scotland. Commissioned by English Heritage, Historic Scotland and the Construction Industry Training Board it delivers updates on the National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) reports in England (2008) and Scotland (2007).
Participation in the historic environment
'Heritage Counts 2007' summarises a research report which looks at the drivers of participation in the historic environment. It concludes that visiting heritage sites as a child is the most important derterminate in predicting adult participation.
'Heritage Counts 2003' also commissioned a survey looking at attitudes towards the historic environment:
For 'Heritage Counts 2009' new research was commissioned which found a strong link between living in the historic environment and sense of place, with individuals living in historic areas having a stronger sense of place than those who don’t.
Heritage and the Media
'Heritage Counts 2006' commissioned research looking at heritage television habits – who watches heritage programme, when and why.
Heritage and the Voluntary Sector
In 2006 'Heritage Counts' commissioned The Heritage Alliance (formally Heritage Link) to undertake an audit of the voluntary organisations operating in the historic environment: who they are, what they do and what support they need. The three reports which accompany this piece of research are below:
'Heritage Counts 2005' focused on the rural historic environment. The reports here assess the state of the rural historic environment including distribution of farm buildings, their conversions and new social and economic uses.
Research on the economic and social impact of historic cathedrals for 'Heritage Counts 2004', including visitor figures, employment, education programmes and volunteering.
For 'Heritage Counts 2004' this report estimates the available funds for reparing and restoring the historic environment.
Heritage Lottery Fund Reports
Each year, the Heritage Lottery Fund produces a summary of key social and economic research in the historic environment over the past year. These summaries feed into Heritage Counts. Reports from 2007 – 2011 can be downloaded here. You can also download a Demos report from 2004 on the cultural and public value of the HLF.
Challenge and Change: HLF and Cultural Value’ (report by Demos for the Heritage Lottery Fund)