As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Historic Houses has recently published a new report: Changing Times, Valuing History: historic houses for the 21st century.
Backed by wide-ranging research on independent heritage, the report highlights the economic, cultural, environmental, and social benefits generated by its members – and the need for change to ensure their longevity.
Founded in 1973, Historic Houses currently represents over 1,400 independently owned houses and gardens across the UK. It strongly believes that twenty-first century demands focus on climate change and the socio-economic benefits of heritage.
With this focus at the forefront, Saffery partner, Stephen Bristow worked with leading consulting firm Nordicity to undertake economic analysis for Historic Houses, providing the underlying figures and data of the report.
In addition to covering the benefits its member places bring, the analysis emphasises that, “further sweeping changes are needed, especially where planning and listing rules intersect with efforts to tackle climate change, if the nation’s beloved independent heritage is to survive another half-century.
“They need a supportive fiscal and regulatory framework from government to continue doing what they do best: welcoming people through their doors, driving heritage-led prosperity in rural economies and communities, and showcasing Britain on the world stage.”
“We were delighted to work with both Nordicity and Historic Houses on this report. The analysis we undertook sets out the enormous contribution that Historic Houses and its members bring to the UK economy. I look forward to seeing the developments that arise because of this research in 2024 and beyond.”