Local Government Association encourages Councils to value historical assets 1/8/2013

English Heritage and the Local Government Association have just published a group of case studies demonstrating that even against a background of cuts, neglecting or removing support from heritage is a false economy. In her introduction Councillor Flick Rea writes “the case studies vividly show that heritage has the ability to help councils achieve a range of local priorities – from boosting economic growth through tourism, jobs and attracting businesses, to improving the attractiveness of places and engaging communities.”

Among the case studies is Barnsley Council, which started from a base of one million museum visitors each year, bringing £13m to the economy and has now attracted European and lottery funding to grow the sector further and build a new museum. Local Government Association