Impact in the heritage sector

This paper is one of a series of independent provocations commissioned by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Heritage Exchange 2014—a thought-leadership event from the HLF, in partnership with Royal Society for the Arts, focusing on new ways of working in a radically changing economic environment.

Dan Corry, Chief executive of NPC, spoke at the event and said:

Simply caring about UK heritage won’t guarantee a thriving future. People working on heritage projects need to be able to explain why their work is relevant to society as a whole.

The Heritage Exchange event also launched NPC research, commissioned by HLF, which reveals that 60% of heritage organisations still rely on grants from funders as their biggest source of income.

Only 12% are sourcing non-grant finance, which—in a time of cuts and reductions—leaves many in a vulnerable position.

It explores what heritage organisations need to do if they want to access more non-grant funding like social investment, crowdfunding or community shares.