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 Sprinter on the start line                    Canal Bridge.  Photo: Adrian Cherry


Finding timely, credible and relevant data about culture is a perennial issue.  Nationally, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has identified as a priority the need for cultural intelligence; regionally the response has been to develop the Yorkshire Cultural Observatory.

An Observatory is a ‘situation or structure commanding a wide view, with the ability to observe from an elevated position’.  What this means for us is the creation of a function with the capacity to ‘observe’ the cultural, social and economic information available in the region: who is collecting it and how, who needs to gain access to it, and who has the potential to contribute.  But the Yorkshire Cultural Observatory will do much more than observe and record what is going on. It will also be an active network, made up of all the people who supply information to inform public policy, putting them in touch with each other and disseminating their work. 

This website is constantly under review and some areas may be sparsely populated.  Please keep returning however, as the content will continue to expand and new items are added every day.

Why have a Cultural Observatory?       

The cultural sector is increasingly being recognised for its contribution to a whole range of social policy issues such as economic regeneration, health and well being, education and skills development, and for its contribution to the quality of life at individual, community and national levels. This means that for the cultural sector to deliver what is being asked of it, managers will need to generate, understand and respond to cultural intelligence more extensively than they have ever done previously.

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Site Information       

Information on this site can be accessed by clicking on the different section headings on the left hand side of the screen. Each section has been further sub-divided and these can be found on the right hand side of the screen. Alternatively you can search the entire site by using the search facility at the top. If you have any problems using the site, or would like to suggest extra sections we could include, please do contact us.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the information on this website is accurate,

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Who Supports the Observatory?       

The Yorkshire Cultural Observatory is supported by all the cultural agencies in the region.

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The Observatory is for YOU - help keep it up-to-date       

The Observatory will always try to keep as up-to-date as possible with information, research and news. However, there will inevitably be projects being undertaken in the region of which we are unaware.

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