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Heritage 2020 releases resources and review of activity relating to 'Heritage and the High Street'

The Heritage 2020 Constructive Conservation and Sustainable Management working group has been looking at the role that Heritage can play as part of a response to social and economic changes and in particular, the group's priority objective was to 'understand the impact of social and economic forces for change on high streets and promote a heritage-led response to addressing the changing face of the high street'.

Following on from its workshop ‘Heritage and the High Street: which way now?’ (December 2017), the group has now published a review of some of the recent activity relating to Heritage and High Streets.

The mapping gathers together activity under four headings of research & data, policy, toolkits and projects. It is available as a document here. The document summarises recent activity as a precursor to filling gaps in knowledge about the role that heritage can play in sustaining high streets

You can try out Heritage 2020's new interactive tool and contribute your own knowledge of relevant activity here: