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Start date: 2020-09-07
End date: 2020-10-18
Results: 2020-01-31

Draft Cultural Heritage Strategy 2020-2030

We'd like your views on our draft strategy

What do we mean by Cultural Heritage?

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport use the term 'cultural heritage' to describe the protection and promotion of cultural and artistic life, communities, organisations and places in the UK. This draft strategy uses that term to include the arts in all its forms, events and festivals, tourist attractions, the historic and natural landscape (buildings, places), parks and gardens, libraries, museums and museum collections, local customs and folklore, the culture of food, the diversity of the people who live here.

How did we develop the draft strategy?

pdf icon The draft strategy [1Mb] was developed through previous consultations with stakeholders including:

The vision and objectives of our draft strategy

Over the next ten years, our vision is to promote and develop our cultural heritage into a sustainable, resilient, thriving, and valuable resource, which makes significant benefits to the economy, improves the health and well-being of communities, and is recognised as a unique asset in its own right. We want to ensure that culture and heritage continue to be an important part of everyone's daily life in West Berkshire, by building on our many strengths, overcoming the challenges of Covid-19 and achieving more through effective partnership working.

Covid-19 has negatively affected all aspects of life, including culture and heritage. It is proving to be a threat to cultural organisations large and small, regionally, nationally and internationally and a clear strategy and plan is needed more than ever.

To promote and develop our cultural heritage, we have worked with our stakeholders to develop five objectives:

  1. ensure our cultural and heritage organisations thrive and are as sustainable as possible
  2. contribute to the improvement of the health and well-being of all our residents
  3. improve access to cultural education, learning and employment
  4. protect and promote our unique cultural history, heritage and environment
  5. increase domestic and international tourism to generate income, investment and increase economic resilience

Why we want your views

We'd like to hear your views on our pdf icon draft Cultural Heritage Strategy [1Mb], as well as find out more about your participation in arts/cultural/heritage activities. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and your feedback will be used to shape the final strategy. The final strategy will be presented to elected Members at the Executive meeting on 14 January 2021.

What happens next?

Once the strategy has been approved, we will work with our stakeholders to develop a delivery plan which will set out what will be done, by whom, and by when.

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Culture and Libraries Manager

01635 519075