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Explore the Heritage Index for England

The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.

They believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.

We work to bring about the conditions for this change, not just amongst our diverse Fellowship, but also in institutions and communities. By sharing powerful ideas and carrying out cutting-edge research, they build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate - creating fulfilling lives and a flourishing society.

The RSA is collaborating with the Heritage Lottery Fund to better understand the links between heritage and identity at the local scale. They’ve analysed over 100 datasets to produce a Heritage Index to help people understand local heritage assets and activities, and access relevant data through a single site. Data ranges from the length of canals and size of protected wildlife sites, through to the number of historic local businesses and the proportion of residents visiting museums and archives.

The Index is designed to stimulate debate about what is valued from the past, and how that influences the identity of its current residents. This can help a place achieve its aspirations to grow and prosper, socially and economically. 

Explore through searchable maps that break down the results for different types of heritage.

Find out more about the Heritage Index

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