To coincide with Heritage Open Days 2021, people across Cumbria are being encouraged to reflect on what local heritage they value and why. They’re also being asked help protect our heritage as part of a county-wide project.
Cumbria is one of 22 areas to secure funding from the Ministry of Communities, Housing & Local Government for its Local Heritage Listing campaign.
This £1.5 million government campaign is designed to help protect the "commonplace or everyday" heritage assets that are valued by people locally, but which do not have any existing protection in their own right under planning law. Cumbria has been successful in securing £140,000 to launch the campaign across the county.
The campaign roll-out is being led by planning and conservation specialists in each participating authority, including the conservation team at Eden District Council, and will see the launch of an app this October.
The app will enable members of the public to pinpoint the places they would like to be safeguarded, by uploading photos and location details of anything from architecture to landscape, field boundaries, parks, gardens, historic street furniture and signs.
These nominations will be considered by a panel made up of council and voluntary heritage group representatives from across Cumbria, and the resulting proposed Local Heritage List will go out to public consultation in spring 2022.
Historic England’s guidance on Local Heritage Lists states that "local distinctiveness may lie as much in the commonplace or everyday as it does in the rare or spectacular".
During the Heritage Open Days, the Cumbrian local heritage will be celebrated, and we invite people to start considering whether some of those heritage assets which do not currently benefit from any designation could merit being included on the future Local List for Cumbria.
To find out more about the local events happening for this year’s Heritage Open Days, which are being held between 10 and 19 September 2021, go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk