Places and health

Laura Macdonald, Natalie Nicholls and Rich Mitchell from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit have written an article for Historic England's Research Magazine which explores how geographic exposure to heritage varies according to income deprivation and how exposure influences visits to heritage.

Photo of a Yorkshire town

The research project is a collaboration between the Places and Health programme and colleagues from Historic England that investigates how spatial and survey data may help to explore the health impacts of heritage environments.

Overall, initial results suggest geographic exposure to heritage was socio-economically unequal; poorer areas in England have fewer assets identified as heritage.

The researchers are currently exploring whether the physical presence of heritage in local neighbourhoods benefits residents’ mental health using data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study

Read the article

First published: 21 September 2020

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