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Continue to promote cultural institutions

Last updated: 10:43am 9 August 2019

The United Kingdom is home to some of the finest cultural institutions in the world. We will continue to promote those institutions and ensure they have the resources they need to amplify Britain’s voice on the world stage and as a global force for good.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.39

Our verdict

In the 2016 Culture White Paper (CWP), examples of cultural institutions within London are listed as: the national museums and galleries, the British Library, The National Archives, and Historic England. This industry according to the report, brought in £5.4 billion in 2014, making it an important industry to promote and continue providing resources.

Since the publication of the Culture White Paper (CWP) there have been two main initiatives aimed at promoting and providing resources for cultural institutions. The first is the publication of the Culture is Digital report, which is a direct result of the CWP; and outlines how organisations can use technology to elevate the projects produced, engage with patrons, and how they government will support them. The Cultural Development Fund was also launched a few weeks later, where towns and cities can bid on a share of £20 million for projects, said to strengthen communities and the local economy. Furthermore, an additional £2 million was allocated for training and career development purposes. Finally, the second initiative came on January 10th 2019, when the government announced £18 million in funding for the development of immersive experiences in sports entertainment, visitor experience and live performance. This came under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which is part of the government’s larger Industrial Strategy.

The Culture Is Digital report is a true continuation in the support of cultural institutions. The subsequent fund and additional funding outlined above, is then evidence towards the promise to provide the resources necessary. The question is, does the funding “ensure they have the resources they need to amplify Britain’s voice on the world stage and as a global force for good”? We haven’t had consultation with any of the institutions involved yet, but feel enough has been done to satisfy the wording of the manifesto (albeit non-specific). Given this, we are marking this policy as ‘done’.

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