The historic environment plays an important role in providing a sense of place and identity, supporting well-being, and promoting economic growth and community cohesion. As such, it is crucial that it is understood, valued, protected and made accessible to current and future generations. Collectively referred to as ‘heritage assets’, these significant archaeological sites and monuments, historic buildings, industrial sites, artefacts, historic gardens and other elements of our historic environment are tangible connections to our past and should be considered a finite resource. To effectively protect and manage these assets, it is important to collate information to understand what heritage assets we have and what organisational assets are available to help them reach their potential.

This audit has evolved from a series of meetings with senior Officers from Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council who, in consultation with elected Members, have identified the extensive heritage assets located in and around Antrim Town as a valuable resource that if appropriately utilised could be developed for the benefit of both residents and visitors. The purpose of the audit is to examine the heritage assets of Antrim Town, alongside the capacity and activities of relevant heritage organisations with the aim of building a picture of the sector and identifying opportunities for development that can further support the historic environment while strengthening community cohesion, opportunities and economic growth.

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