Learning from the past to shape the town centres of the future. In the past century, planning policies and trends for town centres in Britain have played a pivotal role in driving substantial transformations, reshaping the urban landscape and influencing the way people live, shop and work. Over the last 30 years we have seen a proliferation of changing shopping habits, resulting in a vicious cycle of decline for town centres, with increasing vacancy rates, lower footfall and diminishing public realm. There is now a clear and recognised urgent need for revitalisation. The UK has a deep and rich history, sometimes faded, forgotten or hidden beneath. And with that history comes a strong sense of community. The ‘future high street’ may therefore not need a complete reinvention. Instead we should rediscover and celebrate that past heritage, culture and sense of place, in order to breathe life into these spaces and create thriving, sustainable, healthy, connected town centres which are fit for the future.