Does investment in the built fabric of historic towns drive economic recovery?

Shipley, Robert and Reeve, Alan (2011) Does investment in the built fabric of historic towns drive economic recovery? In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

In the late 1990s the UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) recognized that many historic towns in Britain were experiencing economic distress. A program was designed to support the refurbishing of buildings in these towns in what became known as “conservation-led regeneration.” The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) has since assisted almost 200 places and expended £175 million. At the outset the HLF decided to set up a comprehensive evaluation program to determine whether and how the THI accomplished its goals of not only economic but also social regeneration. A team of reasearchers is now in a position to be able to indicate what worked and what did not, and to offer an explanation for this with respect to the relationship between heritage investment and a range of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ outcomes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Shipley, Robert
Reeve, Alan
Languages: English
Keywords: built heritage; historic towns; economic development; surveys; research; enhancement; conservation of historic towns; economic aspects ; social aspects; uk; historic town centres; regeneration; conservation plans
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 04. Architectural ensembles
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 02. Economic impact of heritage
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 16:13
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 16:13
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