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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"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.

'Experience Barnsley' - a museum and archives discovery centre

Effective community engagement has been key to the success of a new museum which celebrates Barnsley’s past, present and future.

'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.

Appetite, Stoke-on-Trent

The three-year ‘Appetite Stoke’ programme has engaged more people in arts and culture, helping to boost local pride, town centre footfall and perceptions of Stoke-on-Trent. This case study forms part of the Value of culture - regeneration section of our online Culture Hub.

Attracting visitors and building pride of place - Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council works with a range of partners to support cultural activity such as festivals and events, delivering pride in place to local communities and attracting visitors to its market towns.

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.   

Connecting Milton Keynes's 280 miles of cycling and walking routes

Pedalling Culture will see the city’s cultural venues and spaces better connected to its 280 miles of cycling and walking routes.

Cornwall 365

Cornwall 365 has spearheaded an innovative approach to marketing Cornwall as a distinctive cultural destination, supporting growth in the visitor, cultural and creative sectors. This case study forms part of the Value of culture - regeneration section of our online Culture Hub.

Creating a culturally attractive city to live in, work in and enjoy

Coventry City Council has set out its commitment to arts and culture in a new 10-year cultural strategy.

Creating sustainable heritage partnerships in Sunderland

Sunderland City Council worked with Sunderland North Community Business Centre to significantly enhance the visitor and commercial offer of the Bowles Railway Museum.