The overall objective of the High Street Heritage Action Zone [HSHAZ] is to make the High Street a more attractive place for communities to live, work and enjoy leisure activities. It is funded by Historic England through Bedford Borough Council with additional financial support from SEMLEP and BID
One of the objectives of the wider HAZ scheme is to prioritise the restoration and conservation of historic buildings and retail premises on the High Street. Bedford’s rich history and heritage can be explored through the stories of these buildings and the communities that have interacted with them over time. This will form a key part of the Cultural Programme – the commissions delivered will have expected outcomes that involve both engagement with this heritage, and the participation and involvement of the communities.