UK-UNESCO report: Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK

The UK National Commission for UNESCO report, Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK 2012-13 brings together data and analysis of the costs, benefits and wider value of UNESCO to the United Kingdom.

The report is the first of its kind, in providing such an assessment of the direct and indirect benefits to the United Kingdom, its citizens, communities and organisations, of membership of UNESCO. The report’s conservative estimate of the financial benefit is £90million per year.

This figure comes from an analysis of 180 sites and organisations in the UK and Overseas Territories which have formal links to UNESCO through one of several programmes. These 180 range from universities and local archives to cities and large areas designated to further economic development and biodiversity conservation.


Report: Canal & River Trust Impact Report 2012/13

The first CRT Impact Report demonstrates the difference the organisation has made, caring for its canals and rivers and inspiring people to connect with them, during the first nine months of the new organisation (July 2012 – March 2013).

Living Streets report – The pedestrian pound: the business case for better streets and places

The pedestrian pound: the business case for better streets and places
A new report from Living Streets makes a robust case that investing in good quality public realm can provide direct benefits to businesses and the local economy.
Living Streets commissioned research company Just Economics to bring together the evidence of the commercial and consumer benefits of good walking environments.
It reviews the academic literature and examines the relationship between investing in better streets and places and the impact on existing businesses, urban regeneration, and business and consumer perceptions.
To accompany the report, Living Streets has also put out its own summary report, outlining our key recommendations for putting these findings to work.

Common Cause report: The Art of Life: how arts and culture affect our values #heritagefutures

This report is the beginning of a dialogue about how arts and culture impact on our values, what that might look like in practice, and how we might foster new collaborations between artists, cultural institutions and the third sector to create new ideas for development.

Oxford Economics / HLF Report: The Economic Impact of the UK Heritage Tourism Economy. #heritagefutures

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has requested that Oxford Economics update their 2010 report on the economic impact of the UK heritage tourism industry using the latest available data. This study quantified the scale of economic activity associated with heritage-based tourism in the UK.
A key objective is to develop an indication of the scale of the gross economic impact of heritage tourism in the UK in terms of visit numbers, visit spend, employment and GDP. Then, comparisons are made with other sectors of the UK economy.
Released July 2013.
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ICOMOS France symposium report: Heritage, a driver of development – Rising to the challenge. #heritagefutures

From November 27 to December 2, 2011, nearly 1,200 professionals and experts active in the field of heritage gathered at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris for the Tri-Annual General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Simultaneously, the international symposium, “Heritage, a Driver of Development” was held at the same venue.

In addition to the 150 contributions selected for presentation at the Symposium, almost 270 contributors from around the world delivered analyses, proposals, points of debate, questions and original suggestions on four major themes: Heritage and Regional Development; Development and a Return to the Art of Building; Tourism and Development; and Development and the Economy.

The French Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites wanted to acknowledge the many outstanding ideas and debates characterising the Symposium, initially by providing not only a digital version of all the papers, reports and speeches delivered there (available on a CD-Rom included in this publication), but also an overview of the research presented, summarising its main points, conclusions and proposals. In this context, the importance of the “Declaration of Paris on Heritage as a Driver of Development”, a doctrinal text for ICOMOS designed to provide a series of guidelines for heritage practices in a context of international development, is fully revealed.

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Arts Council England report: The contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy. #heritagefutures

Arts Council England has published a new report, The contribution of the arts and culture to the national economy. The report was commissioned from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR).

Arts Council England says “The report is the first comprehensive analysis to determine the value of art and culture to the modern economy at a national scale. This is an independent report, which uses methodology the Treasury will recognise and respect.”

Key findings from the research include:

There are strong links to the tourism sector, with at least £856 million per annum of tourism being linked to arts and culture.
The government’s 0.1% of spend on the arts yields 0.4% of GDP.
Arts and culture generate more money per pound invested than health, retail, professional and business service sectors.
The sector grew from 2008 – 2010 with some decline as the economy shrank in the last 3 years. However the greatest sum of money supporting the sector is earned income.
110,000 are directly employed in the arts – 0.45% of the total workforce.
Arts had a turnover of £12.8 billion in 2011.

Responding to the report Chief Executive of ACE, Alan Davey writes: “With this report we can confidently confirm the impressive scale of the arts and culture industry and its distinctive strengths and contribution. It is an undeniably vibrant sector with strong links to the wider economy and a key part of our economic future.”

The study was co-commissioned with the NMDC but unfortunately, as detailed in the report, museums had to be excluded from Cebr’s macroeconomic impact analysis due to difficulties in accurately capturing the wide range and complexity of their activities. The report does demonstrate however the important role of museums in spillover impacts such as attracting tourists, supporting creative industries and contributing to national productivity through education, research and skills development. ACE and NMDC are using the report’s findings and possible solutions suggested by Cebr to consider options for further work to fully assess the macroeconomic impact of museums.