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Issue 241: Arts in schools

  • Arts in schools

    29 Aug 2011

    Stephen Hetherington looks at how New Labour’s approach to culture twinned it with economic benefits and social policy

    The day Chris Smith took over the Department of National Heritage in July 1997, he declared in a letter to staff that he would place it “at the centre of the country’s economic life and regeneration”, and promptly renamed it the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The following year, a Select Committee examining the objectives of DCMS concluded: “The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is avowedly an economic Department.” This notion of culture as a tool for economic growth then... more

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