Local authorities are in many ways custodians of both national and local culture through, for example, supporting arts and crafts, maintaining heritage sites, local history and folk-lore, encouraging public celebrations and festivals.

An important aspect of culture is promoting a sense of national and local identity, and being part of a society that is inclusive but diverse, supportive and evolving.

Recent projects with a culture thread that the LGA has been promoting within this resource have included:

  • young carers using museum collections as inspiration to produce screen prints
  • challenging teenage attitudes to health risks through an interactive experience combining music, film, graphics and lighting effects
  • increasing employment prospects for long-term unemployed and vulnerable adults through training in traditional crafts
  • using photography to help people appreciate their local environment
  • promoting shared reading to reduce isolation and increase social interaction for adults with a learning disability
  • fostering a sense of place and identity  through dance.


If you have any queries or would like further information about our work on culture please contact:

Ian Leete 
Email: ian.leete@local.gov.uk

In this section:

LGA responds to DCMS Museums Review

The LGA has responded to DCMS' review into the future of the museums sector. The LGA surveyed all Heads of Cultural Services to inform this response, and identify the top three challenges and opportunities facing local museums.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Our Museum Programme

Our Museum started in 2012, on the back of a three-year research phase culminating in Dr Bernadette Lynch's report Whose Cake Is It Anyway?

Free Culture Peer Challenges

In partnership with Arts Council England, the LGA would like to hear from councils interested in benefiting from a peer challenge of their cultural service (which includes arts, museums and, if applicable, libraries). The peer challenge will be looking for evidence that the council is joining-up the cultural services offer.


From Suffrage to Citizenship

The Women's Local Government Society's aim is to identify and celebrate the lives of 100 women who were active in the campaign for votes, and who went on to use the extended rights to citizenship in a positive way locally.

Sport in the Arts, Arts in Sport network seminars

The Arts and Humanities Research Council is funding the establishment of a research network that will produce a declaration/manifesto on Sport in the Arts, the Arts in Sport.


Culture, tourism and sport and older people: case studies

Validated evidence to do with the impact of culture and sport on older people that may support your outcomes model.


Nominate your local suffrage pioneer

The Women's Local Government Society, in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council and the LGA, has launched a national project to involve communities and councils in marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in 2018.


Government to launch Culture White Paper

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP has announced the Government will develop a Culture White Paper – the first in 50 years.


Councils turn to edna for help with older people's wellbeing

In 2013/14, NKLAAP (North Kent Local Authorities Arts Partnership) Medway Council and Gravesham Borough Council, with contribution from Kent County Council, funded ‘edna – energise dance nourish art' – a dance, arts health and wellbeing project with and for older people.


The role of culture and arts in improving health and wellbeing

Seven new case studies highlighting how local councils have been using culture and the arts to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Related events

Henley Review of Cultural Education

Read the LGA's response to this important publication

Historic Environment Local Management (HELM)

Historic England's flagship programme to support councils in realising the social and economic potential of the historic environment.

Other publications

Museums change lives

This publication outlines the vision of the Museums Association for the museums of the future.

Good practice guide for local heritage listing

This English Heritage (now Historic England) publication shows how local heritage lists provide a unique opportunity for communities, in partnership with local authorities, to identify heritage assets that they wish to protect.

Support for the creative economy

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee launches a new inquiry into support for the creative economy.

Taking Part survey

The latest 'Taking Part survey' is available on the DCMS website. It shows record levels of engagement with the arts and attendance at heritage sites, museums and galleries.

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