The Culture White Paper sets out the government’s vision, strategy and proposals for the cultural sectors (the arts, museums and galleries, libraries, archives and heritage). It outlines the key issues facing the cultural sectors today and the role we want culture to play in our society; what the government and our public public bodies will do to address those issues; and how we will ensure that everyone can enjoy and benefit from culture.

This white paper builds on what has gone before. It is not a revolution but an evolution. It recognises the importance of political leadership at national, regional and local levels, as well as leadership within and across the cultural sectors and beyond. It is a vision of culture in action – of culture that is rejuvenating our society and our national and local economies.