I have been in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to learn more about the impact of National Lottery investment in my constituency and where it’s ranked on the RSA’s 2016 Heritage Index.
Produced in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Heritage Index is an annual index that combines over 120 metrics, from historic buildings to local delicacies, revealing which local authorities are best at using heritage to foster a distinctive identity – and which could do better.
Analysis of this year’s index reveals that places which do most with their heritage have a higher quality of life (ONS well-being measures) than areas which have low levels of activity. As well as inherited physical assets such as battlefields and castles, the index measures new forms of heritage activity like community initiatives and volunteering.
Easington sits in the 183rd position overall in England, but that there is potential to make more of its heritage.
Since The National Lottery started in 1994, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded over £3.2 million to more than 60 projects in Easington. This includes funding for parks, miners banners, restoration of churches, war memorials, and much more.
It was great to learn more about Easington’s heritage assets and how they are being used by the community. I would urge constituents to think about the local heritage where they live, and think about how they could apply to HLF to undertake a project to explore it further.
The Heritage Lottery Fund were involved in National Lottery in Parliament: a week-long exhibition to raise awareness among politicians in Westminster of the National Lottery funding available to their constituencies and demonstrate how National Lottery players’ money is changing people’s lives and improving the nation’s wellbeing.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “Heritage is at the heart of what makes a place distinctive. The Heritage Index is a vital tool which is helping communities to better understand that heritage and tap into its vast potential. Securing National Lottery funding is one way of helping to fulfill that potential and it’s been making a difference to local communities across the UK for over 20 years.”
Find out more about the Heritage Index 2016 at the RSA’s here: www.thersa.org/heritage and here http://bit.ly/RSAHeritageIndexdata. Find out more about accessing National Lottery funding for heritage projects at www.hlf.org.uk