The Institute for Heritage & Sustainable Human Development
Community development through cultural heritage
Inherit — the York Archaeological Trust's Institute for Heritage & Sustainable Human Development — supports community development through cultural heritage.
Community development happens when local people come together to take action to improve their lives and places. Cultural heritage is a resource which people have inherited collectively from the past and continue to value today. Communities can use their cultural heritage to bring about positive change.
We help people to safeguard their heritage, sustain it and transmit it to future generations. We provide practical support to communities so that they can fulfil their cultural rights and use their heritage for the collective good. We carry out purposeful research and advocate evidence-based policy change which enables people to sustain their heritage and achieve their development goals.
We work with communities, non-profit organisations, public bodies and experts around Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia.