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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‘Out There’ international festival of street arts and circus, Great Yarmouth

An annual street arts and circus festival attracting more than 40,000 attendees to Great Yarmouth every September, supporting the visitor economy and creative sector development in the town. This case study forms part of the Value of culture - regeneration section of our online Culture Hub.

‘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.

West of England Cultural Compact

This case study provides an overview of the West of England and its cultural and creative economy, and the role of the West of England Cultural Compact in this context. It also summarises the new West of England Cultural Plan, including reference to some early initiatives.

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Using Stoke-on-Trent’s heritage to unlock regeneration

Stoke-on-Trent City Council appointed a Heritage Champion to lead a successful bid for a Heritage Action Zone, which is helping to encourage residents to move back into Longton town centre.

Using libraries to promote healthy living

​​​​​​​Norfolk County Council is using its libraries to promote healthy living and target some of the most pressing health priorities for the local population.

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.

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The role of heritage in the regeneration of Margate

Historic environment and character can play an integral role in the success of a place, and this has been the focus of work by Historic England and its partners in Margate.

Storyhouse, Chester

An innovative cultural centre in the heart of Chester with an award-winning design, focused on encouraging the community and visitors to spend time there. This case study forms part of the Value of culture - regeneration section of our online Culture Hub.

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.  

Refurbishing leisure centres through community engagement in North Kesteven

Community engagement through art and celebrating local heritage have been critical to the success of a £7m leisure refurbishment programme in North Kesteven.