Published: 7th Aug 2020

A new approach to heritage could have significant social and economic benefits for regional and minority communities in the UK, according to a new report. The report by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) said a more inclusive approach to heritage could help broaden its audience and boost local economies. As worldwide calls to re-think historical narratives as the Black Lives Matter movement gain momentum, the report considers a radical new approach to building more inclusive local economies through heritage. The RSA concludes that heritage assets and activities can be vital in supporting local economic development and community wellbeing, as well as helping to achieve other social and environmental goals. These include innovative approaches to curating museums, building community groups rooted in local history, and council-led initiatives to rejuvenate local areas. ‘The Downton Abbey image of heritage – focused on stately homes and the more … (To read the full article, subscribe below)