Case studies

Innovation in local government is about improving the lives of the people in our communities. Browse through our case studies to see the many innovative programmes councils are involved in.

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Camerata in the Community programme, Manchester

Manchester Camerata, one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, works within health and social care to make music with community groups across Greater Manchester.   

Sleaford, Lincolnshire – Walking trail

A unique trail of cast bronze roundels maps out a walking route past public artworks, landmarks and points of interest in the Lincolnshire town of Sleaford.  

Music education hub - Brighton & Hove City Council

SoundCity is a music education hub led by Brighton & Hove City Council’s Music and Arts Service, which brings together all the city’s leading music organisations.

Dismaland by Banksy hosted by North Somerset Council

Hosting a major exhibition by the street artist Banksy has been a catalyst for cultural renaissance and economic regeneration in the coastal town of Weston-super-Mare.

'My Cambridge' - a cultural education partnership

‘My Cambridge’ aims to ensure that every young person growing up in and around Cambridge can benefit from its world-class cultural assets.

Using arts venues to provide training for the homeless in Oxford

Oxford’s Old Fire Station is the base for an innovative social enterprise providing training for homeless people within a popular public arts venue.

Delivering health and wellbeing outcomes through arts and culture projects at Oldham Council

Oldham Council is using arts and culture to address issues around the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Developing a cultural strategy through a co-production model at Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council’s new Culture Strategy was developed through a co-production model, involving extensive consultation with the cultural sector and local communities.

"Community Maker" - building a cohesive community through an arts and culture project in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is world-famous for its pottery, and a creative project using clay has helped to build a cohesive community in a newly regenerated part of the city.

‘Mapping Suffolk’s Stories’ - highlighting the national and global relevance of Suffolk's collections

‘Mapping Suffolk’s Stories’ is a community engagement project helping people to explore their shared history through historic maps and records.