Our cultural sectors make a crucial contribution to the regeneration, health and wellbeing of our regions, cities, towns and villages. We will work with Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Public Health England and other partners to develop and promote the contribution of the cultural sectors to improving health and wellbeing.
Culture has the potential to transform communities and our programmes including UK City of Culture, the Great Exhibition of the North, and the new £40 million Discover England fund will showcase this. We will push for new cultural partnerships to include a range of national and local partners. We will ask experienced national cultural leaders to work with those developing cultural partnerships.
We will bring national arts and heritage Lottery funders together to work on a new Great Place scheme. This scheme will back local communities who want to put culture at the heart of their local vision, supporting jobs, economic growth, education, health and wellbeing. We will launch Heritage Action Zones in England. Our national heritage organisations will advise communities on how they can make best use of their historic buildings, including taking ownership of them. We will encourage councils and owners to make empty business premises available to cultural organisations on a temporary basis. We will provide £20 million across 2016-17 and 2017-18 to extend the First World War Centenary cathedral repairs fund and establish a review to examine how church buildings and cathedrals in England can become more financially sustainable.
Technology offers many opportunities to bring our culture to many more people in many different ways. We will work with our cultural institutions to make the UK one of the world’s leading countries for digitised public collections and use of technology to enhance the online experience of users.