Historic England is asking people what they love about their high streets this week as part of a national conversation to find out why they mean so much to us.
From 20-26 September, people are being asked to share what they love about high streets over social media. Whether it’s the memory of the place you bought your first ever album, a shop that’s become part of your weekend routine, or a place you go to meet friends and family, Historic England wants to hear about it.
📣 We want to hear from you!
— Historic England (@HistoricEngland) September 20, 2021
These stories will come together to build a national picture of what makes high streets so special and to learn what matters most when it comes to their future.
Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “What I love about high streets is how they bring people together. Throughout history high streets have been our gathering places; centres of commerce, conversation and community.
“They help make where we live special. Nearly half of all high streets were built before 1919. They are one of the most visited and enjoyed types of heritage in the country, a connection to our past and a key to our future.
“We know they are struggling, and their future is uncertain, and we think this is a timely moment to ask people about their future and consider the part we can all play in supporting these important places.”
Last year, Hull’s Whitefriargate received a £1.75m grant from Historic England to support the multi-million pound regeneration of the historic street.
The conversation will take place on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn from Monday 20 September until Sunday 26 September.
To share what you love about your high street, use #HighStreetLove via @HistoricEngland (Twitter and Instagram), www.facebook.com/HistoricEngland or www.linkedin.com/company/historicengland .