About us

What we do

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is here to help make Britain the world’s most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business. We protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. Alongside this, we protect our deeply held beliefs in freedom and equality. We help to give the UK a unique advantage in the global race for economic success.


We are responsible for:

  • making it easier for everyone to enjoy our national culture, play sport and have access to world-leading mobile and online communications
  • making it easier for the media, creative, tourism and telecoms industries to grow by reducing restrictions, providing advice and supporting innovation, while protecting the interests of citizens
  • protecting free access to cultural institutions, art and broadcasting that challenges and provokes, and funding our future elite athletes
  • the Government Art Collection, which places art in British government buildings and official residences around the world, to promote British art and history while contributing to cultural diplomacy

We also lead on issues relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality matters through the Government Equalities Office (GEO), which is part of DCMS.


In 2013, our priorities include:

  • creating a fairer and more equal society, including opening up marriage to same-sex couples
  • helping to provide a lasting legacy for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games (working with the Cabinet Office and colleagues across government)
  • supporting vibrant and sustainable arts and culture nationally by continuing to fund arm’s length bodies like the Arts Council, giving incentives to the creative industries and by sponsoring the UK city of culture programme (Derry - Londonderry in 2013)
  • helping roll out the next generation of mobile communications (4G) and working to transform the UK’s broadband network by 2015
  • sponsoring ongoing national and international campaigns promoting UK tourism

For more on all of our priorities, have a look at our business plan

Who we are

We have around 380 staff working for DCMS, but most of the work that people know us for is carried out by the 47 public bodies that support us.

Our headquarters are in London.

Corporate information

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Corporate reports