Does heritage benefit the community?

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Recently, a report from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has highlighted that the UK fails to make the most from our heritage. It begs the question of how beneficial is heritage and how should we utilise these assets?

Whilst we consider our historical sites to be culturally important to us, sadly heritage is usually the first sector to be battered by financial cuts.

Last year, the government announced further cuts to its investment into the heritage sector. These cuts were not the first. When the Coalition government came to power in 2010, heritage took an initial battering of cuts from the Comprehensive Spending Review.

When times are hard, governments deem it more important to spend money on more ‘essential’ services like hospitals and infrastructure.

Although, it is wrong to think that heritage sucks up money thus depriving community development. In a previous NTPlaces blog post we have seen…

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