Repair and maintenance on historic buildings in England accounted for 10% of the total value of the construction industry in 2010, and heritage tourism represented 2% of the UK’s GDP in 2011, says Historic England as the government body attempts to put a figure on the value of heritage in the modern economy and in the national soul.
There are, according to venerable research/consulting house Ecorys, an estimated 5.4 million traditional homes in England, all of which demand specialist skills and knowledge if they are to be maintained in good order. Hearteningly, the “first comprehensive survey of listed home owners” paints a pretty rosy picture of England’s heritage landscape, concluding that “the vast majority of private residential owners and preservation trusts successfully care for and protect their listed buildings.”
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- Heritage Alliance boss to step down in September March 17, 2016