How to get involved in your local heritage
There are a number of ways you can strengthen heritage where you live, bringing the historic environment to life and helping others interpret the strengths of local heritage.
How can I improve the heritage score for my area?
Actions can influence the performance of indicators in the Heritage Index year-on-year – especially in the Activities Index, but to some extent in the Assets Index as well. Although much of the data in the Heritage Index includes fixed assets in the historic environment, communities can make history come to life, and help ensure it is recorded and accessible.
- Use social media to upload photos, text or video about the history of a place, using Historypin, and ensure that all information on historic plaques is up to date.
- Help shape a neighbourhood plan to guide the policies you want to shape development in your area in the future.
- Consider the heritage assets in your area that could be listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). The Department for Communities and Local Government is currently running a campaign to get more heritage assets listed as ACV’s. This offers protection to local assets and means that communities could bid to own them in the future, should they come up for sale; see mycommunity.org.uk
- Help farmers and food businesses designate local food and cuisine to get protection for its local status from the European Commission
- Make the most of your local heritage assets: visit museums and archives, attend Open House events, or volunteer...