History Matters - Pass It On
Following a fantastic response to the History Matters campaign in 2006, the Historic Houses Association has joined with heritage partners to publish the campaign results.
The response to the campaign was astonishing. More than a million people joined our open weekends. 46,000 wrote “One Day in History” diaries (now archived in the British Library). And the clear message emerging from 20,000 declarations of support and 10,000 postcards was: “We need history”.
The overwhelming conclusion from History Matters is that people care. People care because history fuels a passionate fascination with the world around us, it helps us to understand ourselves, it underpins our individual and collective identities and it informs our choices about the future. Securing these benefits for future generations to inherit and pass on is a growing challenge. Working together as a sector, with government and with our supporters we need to:
- invest in our heritage so that it remains in good condition for current and future generations to enjoy and value;
- involve people more in our work, to share the passion of knowledge and to help us make decisions about what matters and why; and
- inspire everyone to feel history is something which adds to our quality of life, now and for the future.