Social and Economic Research

The historic environment is of significant social and economic value.

Socially, the historic environment is of great value to communities and individuals alike. It's a source of pride and deep emotional connection, and it creates a sense of familiarity and belonging.

Economically, England’s historic environment is world-renowned, drawing tourists from across the globe. The maintenance and restoration of our iconic historic buildings is a major source of employment and its beauty attracts people, businesses and investment, meaning it has a vital role in the regeneration of our towns and cities.

Historic England is committed to carrying out social and economic research to build the evidence base demonstrating the value of heritage to individuals, communities and the economy. The resources and publications in these pages are aimed at helping the public and professionals to make the case for heritage.