Individual grants have varied in value, ranging from £15m for the Manchester City Art Gallery Project, to £3,000 for The Welcome, an interactive installation at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry’s Maker Faire.
Manchester has a young and diverse population, which has grown considerably in recent decades. Although Manchester’s economy is weaker than the UK average, it has strengthened considerably in the last 20 years.
Although Manchester’s residents are no more likely than those in other locations to say their area is a good place to live, they are more likely to have seen an improvement in the area over the time they have lived there (51% compared with 42% overall).
Residents’ knowledge of, and engagement with, Manchester’s heritage are largely in line with the average for this piece of research. Eighty-two per cent say that they know at least a little about their local heritage, whilst 77% are very or fairly satisfied with its heritage offer.
As is the case in other areas, there is considerable variation in residents’ engagement with individual heritage projects. Heaton Park is the project that most residents are familiar with (95% are aware of it), as well as the most-visited of the 10 projects asked about in the survey (83% have visited it). Seventy-one per cent of residents say that Heaton Park has had a positive impact on their quality of life.
Manchester’s residents are less likely than those elsewhere to think that local heritage has improved over the time they have lived in the area (59% think this, compared with an average of 64%). Awareness of HLF is also low in Manchester compared with the average: 54% of its residents are not aware of HLF. Nevertheless, there is support for the investment of Lottery money in the area’s heritage: 71% describe the £49,333,400 invested in the projects asked about, as good or excellent use of HLF’s money, in line with the average (69%).
About the research
The research in Manchester had two stages. Firstly, background data was collected to understand how the area has changed since HLF’s inception. Secondly, 350 local residents took part in a quantitative telephone survey to understand attitudes towards Manchester and its heritage.
Heritage projects in Manchester
The research project focused on the following heritage sites and projects, which are also reflected in this map.
- Heaton Park
- Manchester Art Gallery
- Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
- Museum of Science and Industry
- The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester
- Victoria Baths
- Band on the Wall
- People's History Museum
- Gorton Monastery
- Lightshaw Meadows, Abram Flashes
*Grants awarded to projects in the Manchester research area up to September 2013.