This is fascinating.
I’m not surprised that the North -East, where I was brought up, scores highest for interest in local heritage as there is such a strong sense of pride in being from the north-East, both culturally and in emotional ties.
The split between male and female interests tends to suggest that work and home divisions persist – it could be summed up as “men like pubs, sport and industry , while women like homes and castleas”. Is this part of the Downton effect?
We recently calculated that an amazing 99.3% of people in England live within a mile of a listed building or site – heritage is literally all around us. So, inspired by this fact, we commissioned YouGov to ask people across England what they really think about heritage. Here’s the pick of the bunch:
The most commonly-valued parts of England’s historic environment are country houses and castles (70%), closely followed by monuments and memorials (67%), and ancient archaeological sites (66%). A substantial amount of people also think places of worship (52%), maritime history, like wrecks and submarines (48%), parks and gardens (45%), railway stations, bridges and tunnels (37%), shipyards and factories (30%) to be important parts of heritage too.
The split between what men and women think about heritage makes for interesting reading. Men are more likely to consider industrial heritage to be important and worth preserving (32% male, 27% female)…
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