‘Heritage has positive impact on individual and community wellbeing’
London-based independent evidence center Wellbeing concluded , after a study for which they reviewed a multitude of recent papers and reports, that heritage has several positive effects on humans. In a scoping review, it presents evidence that historic places and heritage sites, but also activities or interventions at these sites, can have ‘a wide range of beneficial impacts on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals and communities’. These impacts include increased life satisfaction and social connectivity.
For the study, the center looked at 75 recent papers and reports.
However, the results are not merely positive. The report also identifies possible negative impacts, which result from participating in heritage-based interventions and living in historic areas.