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The historic environment and cultural heritage of Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly are fundamental building blocks in the strong sense of regional distinctiveness and identity felt in the area, which in turn is a major contributor to the product of Cornwall. The Objective One Single Programming Document (SPD) identifies this distinctiveness as a key strength and recognises that developing the ability to secure economic benefits from the heritage is a key plank in achieving a sustainable and successful economy. The SPD describes the historic environment as a unique asset, which provides the region with a valuable resource for tourism, recreation and leisure related initiatives, an assertion confirmed by recent research into the attraction of Cornwall for visitors from home and abroad. Equally the environmental and cultural heritage is a potential strength for business, learning and agriculture and a focus for urban and rural regeneration.

The heritage of the region already provides significant economic benefits in terms of employment and other economic benefits, both direct and indirect. The sectors encompassed by the term ‘heritage’ are forecast to grow further in the future. The Heritage Task Force Strategy seeks to ensure that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly maximise the opportunities provided by the Objective One Programme to develop the region’s heritage industries in a sustainable way for long term economic, social and environmental prosperity.

The Heritage Task Force Strategy is based on the foundations established by the Cornwall Heritage and Cultural Strategy (CHCS) produced by Cornwall County Council and the six District Councils.

The base provided by the CHCS has been taken forward by those involved in the heritage sector to provide a vision and strategy for action for the sector for the next seven years. The strategy identifies specific objectives, tasks and projects that must be achieved if the strategy is to realise the vision. It provides a framework for identifying quality heritage projects that can be supported by the strategy. Most important of all, it sets out what the strategy will contribute to the economic vision of the Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The strategy is a working document that provides strategic direction to those developing project bids and to the Priority Management Group, responsible for the appraisal and monitoring of applications for funding in this sector.

Information from this document should be used in conjunction with:

Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Objective One Single Programming Document
Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly Programme Complement

The strategy has important links with the other Task Force strategies. There are particular close connections with the Cultural Industries strategy as a consequence of the inherent links between the heritage and arts and culture.

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