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United Kingdom/ 9. Sources and Links  

9.2 Key organisations and portals

Cultural policy making bodies

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)

National Assembly for Wales - Directorate for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport

Scottish Government

Professional associations

Arts & Business, UK

Arts Marketing Association

Association of British Orchestras

Business Support for the Cultural Industries in Wales
(includes links to many other related websites)

Independent Theatre Council

Museums Association

National Campaign for the Arts

Theatrical Management Association / SOLT (Society of London Theatres)

Voluntary Arts Network

Grant-giving bodies

Arts Council England (also taking over many functions of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council during 2011)

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Arts Council of Wales

British Council

British Film Institute (taking over functions including grants from the UK Film Council in 2011)

Crafts Council

Craft Scotland

Creative Scotland

English Heritage

Heritage Lottery Fund

Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (being abolished in 2012)

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission

Scottish Arts Council (See also its successor, Creative Scotland)

Scottish Screen (See also its successor, Creative Scotland)

UK Film Council (being abolished in April 2011)

Visiting Arts (UK Cultural Contact Point)

Welsh Books Council

Welsh Language Board

Cultural research, advice and statistics

(The) Artists Information Company

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Arts Research Digest

CASE Database of research on culture and sport engagement (lists more than 5 000 studies)


Produces annual Archive Services Statistics and Public Library Statistics etc

Cultural Trends

Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow
(includes Impact, the database for social and economic impact of culture and major events)

Charity Trends - Charities Aid Foundation annual statistical digest

DCMS Evidence Toolkit (DET)

DCMS Lottery Database

English Heritage, Heritage Counts, annual compilation of data/evidence

International Intelligence on Culture (compiler of UK entry for the Compendium) or

International Journal of Cultural Policy

LISU research and information centre for library and information services, at Loughborough University, analyses statistical information on the UK library domain on behalf of the MLA.

Culture / arts portals

Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Architecture and Design Scotland


AXIS online resource for contemporary arts

Bòrd Na Gàidhlig

British Library

British Museum

Creative & Cultural Skills (Sector Skills Council)

Creativity Culture & Education

Culture Northern Ireland

UK EU Cultural Contact Point

The Lighthouse: Scotland's centre for architecture, design and the city

National Galleries of Scotland

National Library of Scotland

National Library of Wales

National Museums of Scotland

National Trust

The National Virtual Museum

Parliamentary Select Committee - Culture, Media and Sport

Public Lending Rights

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

SCAN (Scottish Archive Network) online catalogue of over 50 archives

Scotland's Culture - Cultural Portal

SLIC (Scottish Library and Information Council)

SMC (Scottish Museums Council)

SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network) access to online learning material including over 300.000 images taken from Scotland's museums, archives and galleries

Scotland's virtual architecture centre

24 Hour (Virtual) Museum

The UK Arts Sponsorship Database
Chapter published: 15-04-2011

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