Our Story

Heritage Lab CIC was established to unlock the social and economic potential of historic buildings and community assets.

In 2017 our founder led the project with Historic England, local councils and several community organisations to ensure that Ramsgate was the first place in the UK to be established as a Heritage Action Zone.

Many of its 450 listed buildings are in a state of poor repair, empty or underused; yet they could represent a powerful tool in the regeneration process.

Focusing mainly on the expanding creative sector, we will use our skills and expertise, and those of our partners and community; to bring Ramsgate’s heritage buildings and community assets back into sustainable use, creating high quality community space, workspace and jobs and enhance pride in our town.

Complementing other regeneration initiatives, we believe this will reinforce a sense of community, rejuvenate the local economy and provide a catalyst for improvements to the wider area.

Over time, we aim to revitalise the overall quality of the built environment and boost health and wellbeing among Ramsgate’s remarkable residents through their participation in our curiously creative spaces.