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This topic covers engagement in culture and sport by adults and children in England. Engagement is defined as going to a historic environment site, a museum or gallery, a library, or an arts event. It also means to take part in an arts activity or active sport.

Publications

Adults and museums in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This annual series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their visits to museums.
Adults and sport and physical activity in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This annual series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their participation in sport and physical activity.
Adults and the arts in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This annual series of publications provides information on adults and their engagement with the arts.
Adults and the public library service in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This annual series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their visits to public libraries and use of the wider library service
Angling and usage of inland waterways by adults in Northern Ireland: Findings from the Continuous Household Survey (CHS)
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This annual series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their participation in angling and usage of inland waterways
Attendance at live sports events by adults in Northern Ireland: Findings from the Continuous Household Survey
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This publication provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their attendance at live sports events in Northern Ireland
Attitudes towards angling by adults in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
Ad hoc module from the annual Omnibus Survey in Northern Ireland. This module provides information from adults aged 16 years on their views towards angling in Northern Ireland.
Broadband Performance Indicators Quarterly Publication
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Number of premises covered per £million of broadband delivery progamme expenditure.
Charitable giving indicators
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Report showing the total amount of charitable giving received by DCMS-funded cultural institutions, and also presents this charitable giving as a ratio of grant-in-aid.
Continuous Household Survey Bulletin
Department: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
The Bulletin provides summary information as well as some trend data from previous years. It includes information on - smoking, household composition, debt, internet access, health, sport and leisure, environmental issues, mobile phones and job applications.
Creative Industries Economic Estimates
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Statistics on Gross Value Added (GVA), Employment and Exports within the creative industries.
Creative Industries Economic Estimates for Northern Ireland: Experimental Statistics
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This annual series of publications provides statistics on key economic estimates for the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland
Cultural and leisure activities and events: Impact of the economic downturn on participation and attendance
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
Impact of economic downturn on cultural and leisure activities and events
Digest of statistics for Salmon and Inland Fisheries in the DCAL jurisdiction
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This annual series of reports include statistics which provide an overview of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) fisheries sector in Northern Ireland. It is accompanied by and Excel workbook which includes tables of data. (Not designated as Official statistics as does not cover all of Northern Ireland).
Engagement in Culture, Arts and Leisure by Adults in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
These annual headline figures provide information on adults aged 16 years and over and sport participation; engagement in the arts; use of the public library service; visits to musums; visits to inland waterways; fishing in Northern Ireland waters; and visits to Public Records Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI)
Entertainment Licensing England and Wales
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
This statistical release presents the figures related to entertainment licensing in England and Wales, detailing the number and type of entertainment licences by local authority.
Experience of Irish culture and heritage by adults in Northern Ireland: Findings from the Continuous Household Survey (CHS)
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This biennial series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their experience of Irish culture and heritage.
Export of Objects of Cultural Interest
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
This statistical release presents the figures related to the export of objects of cultural interest, which will be included in the report on the operation of the control of such objects which the Secretary of State is required to present to Parliament under Section 10 (1)(a) of the Export Control Act 2002 (the ‘Act’).
Factors that influence people to engage in culture and sport in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This publication presents findings from the Omnibus Survey in relation to factors that encourage participation in sport; engagement with the arts; visiting libraries and visiting museums.
ICT Activity of UK Businesses
Department: Office for National Statistics
This release provides estimates of the values of e-commerce and the adoption and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by UK businesses. The source of the information is the E-commerce Survey of UK Businesses.
Internet Access - Households and Individuals
Department: Office for National Statistics
This release explores the use of the Internet by adults in Great Britain and draws attention to how households connected to the Internet. It provides useful information for those interested in what adults use the Internet for, the type of purchases made online and how homes in Great Britain connected to the Internet.
Internet Access Quarterly Update
Department: Office for National Statistics
Quarterly estimates of people who have ever or never used the Internet.
Museum Performance Indicators
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Performance data from seventeen of our sponsored museums and galleries.
Museum and gallery visits figures
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Monthly figures on museum and gallery visits.
People and Culture in Scotland
Department: Scottish Government
Information on participation in cultural activities, attendance at cultural events, volunteering, use of the internet and factors that influence participation.
People and Sport in Scotland
Department: Scottish Government
Information on participation in sporting activities, attendance at sporting events and factors that influence participation.
Portable Antiquities and Treasure Report
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
This statistical release presents the number of finds of treasure and portable antiquities reported  and recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Public Attitudes towards the Irish Language in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This publication presents findings from the Omnibus Survey in relation to the attitudes of adults aged 16 and over in Northern Ireland towards the Irish Language.
Public Records Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) Digest of statistics
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This regular series of publications brings together key statistics on the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) into a single publication.
Public Views on Ulster-Scots Culture, Heritage and Language in Northern Ireland Findings from the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey April 2010
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
Providing views on Ulster-Scots culture, heritage and language in Northern Ireland
School games
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Annual figures on cost per pupil of school games
Sport Satellite Account
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Figures on the economic value of sport to the UK economy
Taking Part: England's survey of culture, leisure and sport
Department: Culture, Media and Sport
Survey on the extent and nature of engagement and non-engagement in culture, leisure and sport among adults aged 16 years and above.
The Experience of Ulster-Scots culture and heritage by adults in Northern Ireland: Findings from the Continuous Household Survey (CHS)
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This biennial series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their experience of Ulster-Scots culture and heritage
The knowledge and use of the Irish language by adults in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This biennial series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their knowledge and use of the Irish Language
The knowledge and use of the Ulster-Scots language by adults in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This biennial series of publications provides information on adults aged 16 years and over and their knowledge and use of the Ulster-Scots language.
Views on fishing on the DCAL Public Angling Estate: Findings from the survey of DCAL Public Angling Estate (PAE) permit holders
Department: Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency
Findings from a survey of a sample of permit holders to the DCAL PAE in relation to fishing preferences; promotion of angling; fisheries protection and facitlities for disabled anglers
Young People and Museums in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This triennial series of publications provides information on school children aged 11-16 years and their visits to museums (school based survey).
Young people and sport in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This triennial series of publications provides information on young people aged 11-16 years and their participation in sport and physical activity (using findings from a school based survey).
Young people and the arts in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This triennial series of publications provides information on school children aged 11-16 years and their engagement with the arts (school based survey).
Young people and the public library service in Northern Ireland
Department: Culture, Arts and Leisure (Northern Ireland)
This triennial series of publications provides information on school children aged 11-16 years and their engagement with the public library service (school based survey).

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Overview

Data on culture and sport mainly focuses on participation/attendance in these areas, along with either the reasons for doing so/not doing so. This information helps us to improve he opportunities available and the quality of the experience.

The main source of data on culture and sport in England is the Taking Part survey. This provides annual data on participation and attendance, as well as quarterly data on a range of topics. The core questions in the survey ask about:

  • Arts participation/event attendance in the last 12 months.
  • Museum/gallery visits in the last 12 months
  • Historic environment (heritage) site visits in the last 12 months
  • Public library service usage in the last 12 months
  • Sport/physical activity in the last 4 weeks

In addition to this, there are other questions on areas such as digital engagement and volunteering and charitable giving in culture and sport. The survey will interview approximately 14,000 adults (16 and over) in 2010/11, and 2,500 children aged 5-15. Children aged 5-10 are only asked (via a parent) about activities outside of school, whilst children aged 11-15 are asked about activities both in and outside school.

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Technical Data

This section provides an overview of the key features of the Taking Part survey methodology. More detailed information is provided in the survey’s technical report, available on the DCMS website and from the UK Data Archive.

Adult survey

Sampling

The Taking Part survey covers a representative sample of adults aged 16 and over living in England. The sample was selected from the small-users Postcode Address File, and is restricted to private households only. This means businesses and other non-private accommodation, such as student halls of residence and care homes, are not included.

The sample consists of approximately 14,000 core interviews every year. The sample is classified by region, population density and by the proportion of residents classed as managerial, professional, or as full-time students. 

Fieldwork

The interviews are issued between April one year and March the next. The interviews are conducted continuously over this period. 

At the beginning of the survey year, the full sample is drawn and divided into 12 groups, representing each month of the survey. If the interview is not achieved on the first attempt, the household is approached on a number of occasions. This accounts for the time delay between the end of the survey year and the completion of the interviews. 

Interview

Prior to the interviewer calling at the address, the selected household is sent a letter and a leaflet providing information about the survey.  

If the address contains more than one eligible household or the household contains more than one eligible respondent, the interviewer will make a random selection. Once selected, no substitutions are allowed. 

The interview is conducted by Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing. This is where the questionnaire has been turned into a computer programme. The programme specifies the questions, the range and structure of acceptable answers, and gives instructions for navigating through the questionnaire. This method enables plausibility and consistency checks to be incorporated into the questionnaire and allows the interviewer to enter the answers straight onto a laptop, both of which help improve data quality.

Survey respondents are asked about their engagement and non-engagement in activities during the 12 months prior to the day of interview. There is no geographical restriction placed on where the activity took place.

The survey measures involvement in activities where the purpose is for recreation or leisure, including voluntary work. It does not include involvement in activities where the prime motivation is paid work or academic study. The exceptions to this are attendance to historic environment sites, which includes visits made for academic study, and participation in sport. However, it does not include refereeing, officiating and coaching.

The length of the interview varies according to answers given by respondent but the average length is 40 minutes.

Child survey

If the selected adult is also the parent or guardian of a child aged 5-10, we ask the parent to answer questions about this child’s activities via a proxy interview. These proxy interviews for 5-10 year olds were added in the 2008/09 survey. In those households containing at least one child aged 11 to 15; an interview is also sought with a randomly selected child in this age group. This was included from 2006 onwards.

In total, 2,500 child interviews are conducted annually. If there are two (or more) children aged 5-10 or 11-15, one of them is randomly selected for interview. If there is only one, then that child is interviewed.

Similar to adult respondents, children are asked about their engagement and non-engagement in activities during the 12 months prior to the day of interview. Children aged 5-10 are only asked about activities outside of school, whilst children aged 11-15 are asked about activities both in and outside of school. There is no geographical restriction placed on where the activity took place.

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Glossary

  • Archives

    Places that keep archives are usually called a record office or archive centre. Archives are documents that have been created by families, individuals, businesses or organisations and have been specially chosen to keep permanently. They can be written papers such as letters or diaries, maps, photographs or film or sound recordings. Archives are historical documents but do not have to be very old.

  • Arts attendance events

    Exhibition of art, photography or sculpture.  Craft exhibition, Video or electronic artevent, Event connected with books or writing, Street arts, Carnival, Culturally specificfestival, Play or drama, Theatre performance (excluding plays or drama), Opera oroperetta, Classical music performance, Jazz performance, Live music event (excluding jazz or classical), Ballet, Contemporary dance, African people's dance orSouth Asian and Chinese dance, Other live dance event.

  • Arts participation activities

    Ballet, Dance (not for fitness) (excluding Ballet), Singing to an audience, Playing a musical instrument to an audience or for pleasure, Writing music, Rehearsing/performing in a play or drama, Rehearsing/performing in an opera, Painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture, photography as an artistic activity, Making films or videos as an artistic activity, Creating original artworks using a computer, Textile crafts, Wood crafts, Crafts (excluding textile and wood crafts), Bought any original works of art for yourself, Bought any original/handmade crafts such as pottery/jewellery, Writing stories/plays, Writing poetry.

  • Historic environment sites

    A city/town with historic character, A historic building open to the public (non religious), A historic park/garden/landscape open to the public, A place connected with industrial history or historic transport system, A historic place of worship attended as a visitor, A monument such as a castle/fort/ruin, A site of archaeological interest, A site connected with sports heritage (such as Wimbledon) (not visited to watch sport).

  • Sport activities

    Swimming/diving, Cycling, BMX, cyclo-cross, mountain biking, Bowls, Tenpinbowling, Health, fitness, gym or conditioning activities, Keepfit, aerobics, dance exercise, Martial arts, Weight training, Weightlifting, Snooker/pool/billiards, Darts, Rugby Union, Football, Cricket, Archery, Netball, Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Basketball, Table tennis, Jogging/cross-country/road running, Angling/fishing, Ice skating, Golf/pitch and putt/putting, Skiing, Horse riding, Climbing/mountaineering, Hill trekking/backpacking, Motor sports, Shooting, Volleyball, Rounders, Boxing, Yoga, Water sports, Other sport.  Utility cycling and all forms of walking are excluded.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

Evidence and Analysis Unit

Email: takingpart@culture.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7211 6200

Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2-4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5DH

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