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Consultants Counterculture appointed to support the development of new culture and heritage strategy

Lancaster City Council has appointed specialist consultants to lead the development of its strategic vision for culture and heritage over the next 10 years. 

Vintage by the Sea is one of the Lancaster district's great cultural events

Vintage by the Sea is one of the Lancaster district's great cultural events

The Lancaster district’s cultural pedigree is widely acknowledged and has long been recognised as a significant contributor to the local economy and placemaking agenda.

Now, as part of its commitment to this vitally important sector, the council has appointed Counterculture to gather the evidence which will inform the council’s long-term approach for the use and positioning of its resources to support culture and heritage.

Counterculture’s remit will include producing an up-to-date, robust evidence base to provide a better understanding of the scale, scope, importance, and impact that culture and heritage have on people’s lives.

This will include how the Covid pandemic has impacted on the sector and whether this has, or will lead to, longer term issues, challenges, or opportunities.

A database of the district’s cultural and heritage assets will also be produced, along with an economic and community impact assessment.

A creative consultation and engagement programme will also be designed to ensure the views of those involved in culture and heritage are taken into account within the final strategy.

Councillor Sandra Thornberry, cabinet member with responsibility for arts, culture, leisure and wellbeing, said: “The Lancaster district’s exceptional arts and culture offering marks us out from other towns and cities.

“The council plays an important role in supporting the sector and the development of a new strategic vision will guide our investment and support over the next 10 years.

“Of course, we cannot do this alone and along the way there will be opportunities for those involved in the sector to get involved and help shape the vision and I look forward to hearing their views.”

James Coe, Partner who is leading the project from Counterculture said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Lancaster City Council on this project. The district has wonderful museums, galleries, spaces, venues, events, and lots more in between, we can’t wait to work with the team and people across the district to shape Lancaster City Council’s cultural offer for years to come.”

Last updated: 04 August 2022

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