NI Heritage Delivers - Progress

02.

Strengthening Our Society.

When we invest in heritage we boost education, health, employment and wellbeing. Integrating heritage into policy-making will improve people’s lives.

It has obvious benefits for those who engage in it, but those benefits also spread to the broader community who stand to gain from the historic environment that surrounds their community.

Social Cohesion
02.1

Social Cohesion

Investment in heritage regenerates neglected areas, creates local jobs, and promotes a sense of community. It offers educational and volunteering opportunities and promotes dialogue between different cultures and generations. Understanding our heritage helps us to understand each other. There is evidence to suggest that heritage can promote an understanding of the past that is not only better, but shared.

02.2

Health benefits

Heritage benefits our health and enhances our wellbeing. Researchers at the London School of Economics found the wellbeing value of visiting heritage sites is equivalent to £1,646 per person per year. Another study, on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund, discovered that volunteers in the heritage sector had higher levels of life satisfaction than did the general population, or other volunteers.

Closeup of the Merchant hotel

Case Study

The Mall, Armagh

The Mall has been central to life in Armagh for over 200 years, surrounded as it is by important municipal buildings and grand houses. But by the turn of this century, the shine had come off. Concerned local people won support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to give it a facelift, including better disabled access, ground drainage, park furniture and a new surface for the promenade. The Mall now attracts early morning joggers, office workers on their lunch breaks, and families in the evenings. In 2005, the Mall won both the Civic Trust Award and the Irish Architecture Award.

The Mall, Armagh
Housing
02.3

Housing

Northern Ireland is suffering a housing shortage. By partnering with local lenders and community development organisations, we can ensure the continued use and rehabilitation of historic buildings while encouraging economic growth.