How the heritage sector is making a difference in local communities.
What makes a community feel like home?
How does local history shape local identity?
Can a sense of belonging make a place better to live in?
The RSA is exploring what heritage means to local people, and how heritage can improve lives.
What is heritage?
You might think of local history, historic buildings, and museums. Heritage is all those things. We think it can also be much more: places, landscapes, ideas, events, traditions, food, sport, industries, accents, and many other things.
We don’t believe there is one fixed heritage for any place or people.
Places that don’t fit a ‘traditional idea’ of heritage can still be rich in heritage. Communities that have often been overlooked can be part of defining local identity.