Culture goes digital

The government is opening the way to the latest digital technology for theatres, museums and heritage organisations in a £2m programme, culture secretary Matt Hancock announced today.

Provisions for access and training in digital skills are set put in e DCMDS report, Culture is Digital, #CultureisDigital, which sets out a framework f r increasing public participation through digital technology.

Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund are committing £2m to build digital capacity, while the National Gallery, where the report was launched, will create an innovation lab to examine how cultural orgtaniosati0ns can use virtual and augmented reality to enhance visitors’ experiences. The Royal Opera House is creating an audience lab to create cross-sector collaborations n audience development.

“Our cultural output has always been our unique calling card to the rest of the world and when combined with the latest digital developments there is no limit to our creativity.” Hancock said. “Our Culture Is Digital report sets out how culture and technology can collaborate, learn from one another and keep innovating. By embracing new technologies and attracting more diverse audiences we will continue to cement our status as a creative powerhouse in the digital age.” 

The #CultureisDigital project was informed by an online open conversation last year and resulted from the government’s Culture White Paper commitment to review the digitisation of our public collections and enhance the online cultural experience. It also builds upon the Government’s UK Digital Strategy commitment to increase digital skills, digital participation and unlock the power of data.


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