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Children and Young People

Children and Young People

Our Cultural Enquiry into access to the arts for young people looks at the various ways in which successive governments have sought to provide children and young people with access to the arts since 1944.

The Enquiry maps policies and plans that have been developed and implemented over the last 70 years, analysing their impact and shedding light on successes and failures.

As part of this process, we conducted a ‘Witness Seminar’ – a research technique developed by oral historians at King’s – which brought together key players from the arts sector in the late 70s and 80s to build a picture from their personal accounts and recollections.

By looking at the historical picture, King’s is able to take the long view, reviewing what has been achieved and using lessons from the past to suggest possible ways forward.

The results of the Enquiry are available below and include evidence-based recommendations for action.



The report is available as a PDF here: Step by step: arts policy and young people 1944–2014.

The transcript of the Witness Seminar is available as a PDF here.

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