Culture and Participation

Impact: Cultural impacts, Political impacts


University of Manchester research on ‘everyday’ participation has demonstrated the value of informal cultural practices and local cultural institutions, leading UK national and local government to embrace a broader, more inclusive, definition of culture. Specifically, the research has had impact in three key areas:

1. enhancing social and cultural capital within the local community of Peterculter, Scotland by raising civic capacity, leveraging resources, and improving perceptions of the social and civic importance of locally situated everyday cultural practices;

2. enacting organisational and strategic change within Creative Scotland (the Scottish national cultural funding body) through the adoption of a broader, more inclusive definition of culture;

3. shaping Scottish government cultural policy to encompass vernacular, everyday cultural practices.
Impact date20152020
Category of impactCultural impacts, Political impacts