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date: 14 April 2021

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This article considers how people can engage with the historic environment, understanding and appreciating its character and grain, its depth, its subtle folds and weaves; and how the same public can influence change through the increasingly democratic and participatory nature of local government. It focuses on planning, management, and change, and the key role the public can and should play in managing the historic environment and shaping the places and landscapes of the future. The article elaborates on the meaning of ‘public’, recognizing that a diversity of interest groups now exist, defined by ethnicity, sexual preference, cultural and religious affiliation, gender, age, and class. Public archaeology describes public participation, and public involvement in matters concerning the historic environment and the material remains within it. The historic environment matters to all sorts of people, and in this light, it is based on the principle that everyone's view counts.

Keywords: historic environment, people, democratic, participatory nature, local government, landscape

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