Published: 14th Oct 2020

A new report has named the places in England with the most untapped ‘heritage potential’, which could be used to local economies recover from the pandemic. The RSA Heritage Index 2020, in collaboration with The National Lottery Heritage Fund, looks at which places have the most potential to use historic assets to promote or boost the local area. The index crowns Castle Point in Essex as having the most ‘heritage potential’, with Chorley in Lancashire and Redditch in Worcestershire coming second and third, respectively. In the overall index, which looks at place’s existing heritage offer, the City of London came top for the third time. Norwich (third) and Oxford (fourth) move up the rankings, by six and four places respectively. The report also argues that heritage does not need to solely focus on traditional, built assets, and that heritage also constitutes shared experience, local histories and ‘intangible’ heritage. In the context of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)