Historic Environment Overview

Historic Environment Overview 2021-22

June 22, 2022 Published by Alex McCoskrie

The Historic Environment Overview reports on how the UK’s heritage sector has fared over the past 12 months.

Throughout the financial year 2021-22 the pandemic continued to have a significant impact on the historic environment sector, despite the successful rollout of the vaccination programme which led to the lifting of most restrictions and the continuation of emergency funding. Notwithstanding the pandemic, the heritage sector has seen some major policy changes (eg the funding streams replacing EU funding, the development of the levelling up agenda etc) which may transform the way the historic environment is managed.

The Historic Environment Overview also shows the ingenuity of the sector, which responded to the challenges in innovative ways (eg developing digital activities, initiating programmes to strengthen resilience) and harnessing opportunities such as the COP26 event held in Glasgow.  

The Overview focuses on 5 key sections:
1. Updates from DCMS and Arm’s-Length Bodies
2. The Funding and Resource Landscape
3. Heritage Policy and Management
4. Planning System
5. Participation and Capacity Building

WHUK’s President Chris Blandford contributed to this year’s HEO. To read his article on the the past year for World Heritage in the UK and the whole report, please click here.

The Historic Environment Overview (Spring 2022) has been produced by the Historic Environment Forum with support from the National Trust and Historic England.