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'Beyond Value for Money' symposium

13/12/2016 (00:00)


King’s College London staged a symposium on cultural value: “Beyond Value for Money”. We investigated to what extent broadcasting, the arts, and cultural education have a value that is more than financial, and whether “good value for money” is therefore a sufficient measure of the full worth of what many of us do.

Two springboards to the event were the Government White Paper on the future of the BBC, and “Understanding the Value of Arts & Culture” - the report of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Cultural Value Project.  We examined what was missing from these documents in addition to simply what was included.

Headline speakers included academics, professionals and policymakers Sir John Tusa, John Holden, Mark Damazer, Lizzie Crump, Jonty Claypole, David Elstein, The Right Honourable Ed Vaizey MP, and Georgina Born. Audience members were encouraged to join the discussion.

The symposium was staged by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London, with the support of the King’s College London Arts and Humanities Research Institute under their new World Service project.

You can read Sir John Tusa's full contribution here.



1. Introduction, Sir John Tusa and Ed Vaizey MP

  • Introduction – Professor Richard Howells 
  • Speaker one – Sir John Tusa and questions 
  • Speaker two – Ed Vaizey MP and questions

2. John Holden, Mark Damazer CBE and Lizzie Crump

  • Speaker three – John Holden
  • Speaker four – Mark Damazer
  • Speaker five – Lizzie Crump
  • Questions

3. Jonty Claypole and David Elstein

  • Speaker six – Jonty Claypole and questions
  • Speaker seven – David Elstein and questions 

4. Conclusion by Professor Richard Howells

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