Heritage and wellbeing - a scoping review = The impact of historic places and assets on community wellbeing

Technical report

digitale publicatie
A. Pennington; [en anderen]
plaats van uitgave
What Works Centre for Wellbeing
jaar van uitgave
Met bijlage en literatuuropgave.
105 p.

The scoping review sets out the state of the evidence on the impact of interacting with heritage on wellbeing. It finds that historic places, assets and interventions can have a wide range of beneficial impacts on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals and communities. It looked at 75 papers and reports. All the included studies are set in high-income OECD countries and most are conducted in the UK (67 of 75).

Key messages

  • The evidence shows positive impacts on individual wellbeing, including outcomes such as increased confidence, social connectivity and life satisfaction.
  • There is also evidence of positive effects on community wellbeing, including outcomes on social relationships, sense of belonging, pride of place, ownership and collective empowerment.
  • The evidence is of mixed quality, which reflects the fact that studies designed to explore such complexity are often not fully captured within reviews like this.

There are evidence gaps on research into:

  • the experiences within and across different groups, including socioeconomic and protected characteristics
  • on heritage assets in a wider range of regions,  including rural and coastal areas.
  • Potential negative impacts of interventions appear to be related to how well the design and delivery of interventions considered the needs of specific individuals and groups.

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cultureel erfgoed - musea - effecten - kunst(beoefening) en gezondheid - welbevinden - sociale cohesie - sociale relaties - literatuuronderzoek - onderzoek (vorm) - onderzoek - Verenigd Koninkrijk - internationaal