Cultural infrastructure maintenance assessment

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has commissioned a major research project to understand the scale and nature of England’s cultural infrastructure maintenance needs.

The aim of the research is to help inform future policy development by providing a sound evidence base for the scale of the backlog of conservation repairs and maintenance affecting the cultural and heritage sectors. The scope of the research includes publicly and third-sector owned arts, heritage and cultural venues in England. ‘Cultural venues’ for the purposes of this research comprise theatres and publicly accessible heritage-based attractions. This may include non-accredited museums and galleries; privately owned venues and accredited museums and galleries are not in scope.

The research will be carried out by Purcell Architects in partnership with Harlow Consulting from December 2023 to March 2024. Information is currently being gathered through an online survey. Also, a select number of case studies will be prepared to provide a deeper understanding of the issues affecting the repair and maintenance of our theatre and heritage assets. Enquiries regarding the research should be addressed to

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The survey will be open until 9am Monday 12 February.