Public Policy Linked to Sporting Heritage

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Public policy directs the public activity delivered on a national or regional scale. The ability to map sporting heritage activity to these policies, therefore, makes organisations more likely to demonstrate their relevance and secure sustainable funding.

At the time of writing there are several national policies which have a direct impact on the field of sporting heritage. In addition, organisations and individuals should access their local authority strategic plans and performance indicators to understand the key priorities engaged in their locality. Click on the buttons below to follow the link to the relevant policy paper:

The Culture White Paper


This is the first white paper specifically with a Cultural focus since Jennie Lee’s original in 1965. As a white paper, its contents provides a roadmap as to how the government want to manage culture over the coming term, rather than a piece of government legislation or policy.

The paper is largely positive and is split into four sections:

  1. Everyone should enjoy the opportunities offered by culture no matter where they start in life
  2. The riches of our culture should benefit communities across the country
  3. The power of culture can increase our international standing
  4. Cultural investment, resilience and reform

There are several areas for concern including the lack of read across to other national and regional policies, and the failure to address the growing freelance infrastructure of the workforce.

The opportunities provided for sporting heritage within the white paper are many.

Sporting Future: A new Strategy for an Active Nation


The new strategy for sport was published at the end of 2015. Like the cultural white paper, the strategy for sports provides many opportunities to engage sporting heritage activity. The strategy is split into three key outcome areas:

  1. More people from every background regularly and meaningfully: a) taking part in physical activity; b) volunteering; c) experiencing live sport
  2. Maximising international and domestic sporting success and the impact of major events
  3. Supporting a more productive, sustainable and responsive sport sector

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport are responsible for the above policies. Click here to find out more about the MPs involved.

Character Matters


A recent research programme carried out by BOP on behalf of Arts Council England, aimed to understand more about the current picture of the museum workforce. The link takes you to the report summary and supports organisations to understand how to better increase and support a skilled museum workforce.

Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case 

A report outlining the imperative necessity of ensuring that diversity and equality are at the heart of the arts an culture, but that, as a nation, we are failing to achieve this in almost every field. the report outlines clear opportunities for change and outlines activities which will be driven by ACE to effect this change.

Creative Case for Diversity


The Creative Case for Diversity aims to position arts organisations as diverse from the core. The Creative case isn’t a policy as such, but a belief that diversity is central to the creative and cultural industries and underpinning all museum activity. You can find more information by clicking on the link above.

Educational Excellence Everywhere


The new white paper for education was published in 2016. Focused on formal learning the policy outlines how the government aims to support schools and the teaching profession to ensure children and young people are offered the same, excellent education irrespective of their backgrounds.  It is clear to see where sporting heritage can be engaged to support the delivery of this policy. However, although there is much here that is laudable, there is little in the way of actually information about how the outcomes will be achieved.

Wellbeing: Why it matters to health policy


This paper outlines the key issues effecting public health in the field of wellbeing. It directly demonstrates the importance of wellbeing on emotional, mental and physical health. There are many opportunities for sporting heritage to deliver against this agenda. There are also wider public policy areas of interest in this area including children’s mental health 

Culture Is Digital Report

A report from the DCMS looking at the role of digital outputs driving the cultural economy nationally and internationally, to open up access to collections and cultural activity.

Why Collect?

Research published by the Art Fund and the Wolfson Foundation explores collecting in the UK today and the benefits of collections and collecting within museums and wider.

The report suggests some revolutionary ideas and needs to better support collections and collecting, in order to ensure that the museums and wider collecting institutions remain relevant and engage new and different audiences with their collections.

For sporting heritage, there is much to take heart from here. Our collections consistently demonstrate the engagement of non-traditional audiences and links to the delivery of wider agendas such as health and well-being, and are paramount in ensuring links with individuals and communities at local, regional and national level.

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