Culture, creativity and community heritage are embedded in our daily lives, in our libraries, museums, art galleries and theatres and our natural environment and homes. Culture and the arts can support both the mental and physical wellbeing of individuals and provide vital opportunities for communities to come together and share unique experiences that build community identity. Through culture we have an opportunity to build bridges between, and within, communities and empower individuals to take a leading role in transforming communities.
Culture and the arts also play an important role in supporting our healthy local economy. The cultural sector forms a significant part of the tourism industry; it adds variety to the employment base and it stimulates the local supply chain. The cultural sector also enriches the education of young people, and provides life-long learning opportunities for the whole community.
Across the county work has been and is being done to broaden participation in cultural activities, strengthen and protect the heritage and cultural asset base, increase satisfaction with the cultural offer and support the growth of the creative economy.
The following report provides comparative analysis of a range of key indicators relating to culture and the arts in Wiltshire and is intended as a resource to help identify local priorities at Community Area level. The report reflects levels of local engagement with libraries and museums, employment in culture and entertainment, digital inclusion and details local cultural asset bases.
The data is designed to help communities to understand local issues and to develop community-led work to improve local outcomes.