Culture-led regeneration: a UK wide study

Culture-led regeneration as a local policy has been around for a few decades, but arguably has a higher profile now than at any other time, and has the potential to deliver wide-ranging social and economic impacts including direct employment, tourism effects, creative and cultural sector stimulation and inward investment.

Regeneris has recently been appointed by the Local Government Association to draw together a series of case studies exemplifying the different approaches to culture – led regeneration across England and Wales and the impacts they can deliver. These case studies will be gathered through research and consultation, to highlight the different ways cultural activity can be used to drive regeneration in a range of different settings across England and Wales, from large cities to rural communities.

These case studies will provide insight on the lessons that can be learnt from culture-led regeneration, and the key factors that can shape success. The publication will be shared with local authorities nationally to assist in future regeneration of this kind. Regeneris will also deliver a series of regional workshops after publication to promote these findings with local authorities across England and Wales.

This work builds on our experience analysing the significant contributions that culture and tourism make to the economy and society, including leading the outcomes evaluation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 assessing the impacts of the four Tate galleries, 18 Plus Tate galleries and National Museums Liverpool as well as creative hubs such as Pop Brixton, and numerous other culture and visitor economy attractions.

For more information on our work supporting culture and tourism related activities please contact Stuart Merali-Younger (s.merali-younger@regeneris.co.uk) or Margaret Collins (m.collins@regeneris.co.uk), or call us on 0207 336 6188.

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