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
Collectively referred to as ‘heritage assets’ in this report, 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
In order to effectively protect and manage these assets, it is important to collate our information to
understand what heritage assets we have and what organisational assets are available to help them
reach their potential.
This report is the outcome of a pilot project the pilot heritage audits undertaken by Northern Ireland Environment Link for the Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Division.
It includes five audits covering different geographical areas in Northern Ireland – North Belfast, Downpatrick, Armagh, Upper Lough Erne and Strabane. The audits examine the heritage assets of a defined area, alongside the capacity and activities of the relevant heritage organisations. They aim to build a picture of the sector and identify opportunities for development that can further support our historic environment while strengthening community cohesion, opportunities and economic growth.
Click here to read the report.