Young People’s Engagements with Heritage: Tackling Inequality & Other Opportunities for Public Policy
In 2021 Historic England commissioned Arts Connect and the Institute for Community Research and Development to investigate and report on the value and impact of young people’s engagements with heritage. We had observed that there are clear signs of increasing interest in heritage amongst young people across both informal and extracurricular settings such as social media and in the street.
Whilst some research has shown that programmes designed to engage young people do support a range of personal, social, health, and learning benefits, existing evidence was thin in regard to the impact that a focus on heritage – especially outside of school – has in these areas.
Our research was given additional urgency by the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and the renewed focus on place, particularly those that are described as being ‘left behind’. In this context, understanding the role and value of heritage in generating positive social, economic, and health outcomes is vital in order to inform future activities, to influence public policy, and to better make the case for public investments into the heritage sector. We hope this research will be useful to those working as policymakers and practitioners in heritage and youth work.
We welcome you to explore the resources we have collated including:
As well as accessible films and presentations bringing to the fore the voices of young people and our researchers:
- The recording of our hour-long webinar, discussing the report and interviewing participants
- The PowerPoint presented at our report launch webinar
- Our 5-minute film illustrating our Young People’s Showcase event in October 2022
- Our presentation at Hope Evolves in November 2022
- A guest blog by Kenzie Chadburn, member of Stand Out youth project
Historic England is a public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment.
The Institute for Community Research and Development works to improve the lives and life chances of people through research-driven policy development, promoting social mobility and delivering community based transformational projects, working collaboratively with local communities and partners.