What Is Heritage & Why Is It Important?

Trinity Church Gosforth

What Is Heritage?

Heritage can be anything that a person, family, business or community values enough to protect it for the future.

Why Is Heritage Important?

Heritage is important because it gives us a sense of singular and communal identity.

Attractive Historical Environment

An attractive historical environment can bring together consumers and businesses. Heritage can prove a potent factor in the attraction of new business as well as being a serious factor in maintaining existing businesses.

Our heritage comes not only from the aspect of our buildings but also from the characters and events within the whole community. Recognising our heritage value allows us to develop our community.

Photo Frederick Coney Gosforth Fire Brigade
Superintendent Fire Chief Coney Gosforth resident (clickable photo)
Robert Whitfiled Falconer Gosforth resident
Robert Witfierld Falconer Gosforth resident (clickable photo)

A heritage environment is, therefore, an important element in the generation of new businesses and community development. Heritage value provides added interest for investors as well as an anchor to help maintain existing businesses.

The old Gosforth Assembly Rooms on Gosforth High Street.
Old Gosforth Assembly Rooms (clickable photo)

A Sense Of Continuity

Understanding the early development of villages and towns provides us with a sense of continuity. We live with the past all around us;  the way we interact with our local buildings, parks, and streets, builds a distinct local culture. When we combine this with an understanding of our local heritage, we can recognise a sense of identity.

Reuse Of Old Buildings

Adaptive reuse of buildings for both living and work spaces has a favourable effect, fresh thinking and different ideas help new initiatives. Education, regeneration, housing and economic growth all benefit from heritage association. Therefore recognition of our local heritage is also beneficial for our communities.

West Avenue Gosforth
West Avenue 2019
Old photo of Gosforth
West Avenue

How Do Communities Benefit From Heritage?

Heritage can provide the opportunity for members of the community whatever their age and academic background to learn new transferrable skills

Heritage can bring communities together to celebrate elements of their past.

Heritage projects can embrace cross-generational working providing an opportunity for people with different life experiences to work together.  

This is why we love heritage!

At Discovering Heritage we aim to enhance community heritage by researching the histories of lives, houses and businesses of not only celebrated local buildings and characters but also of lessor known historical aspects in our communities. We believe research of this nature is an important element in bringing together communities. Celebrating local heritage in this way helps to unite local businesses and consumers whilst attracting fresh investment and ideas to local areas. It can help regenerate and re establish our high streets and local amenities. Through research, we can build and identify with a colourful account of our local history.

Discovering heritage through the authentic historical research of people, places and properties.

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