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Monday, 16 January 2012

DCMS opens up debate on Cultural Value

What does 'cultural value' mean, and to whom?

The latest blog post from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) seeks to stimulate discussion across the cultural sector on the very idea of measuring cultural value. Dr Claire Donovan is an academic working at DCMS to write a report on this issue, and wants to know what we in the heritage sector, and those in the arts, libraries, and museums sectors, think.

Dr Donovan asks can the value of culture be measured by government in monetary (or other) terms, or is it ‘priceless’? Is ‘measure’ the right word? What is ‘culture’ anyway? What does ‘value’ mean and to whom? And how should DCMS go about deciding what to support with public money? Get involved in the discussion here.