The Taking Part Survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS. It is a continuous face to face household survey of adults aged 16 and over in England and children aged 5 to 15 years old.
The Taking Part Survey provides reliable national estimates of engagement with the arts, heritage, museums and libraries. It carries the National Statistics badge, meaning that it meets the highest standards of statistical quality.
Amendment on 6 December 2017: This publication has been revised since it was first published on 28th September 2017 following the discovery of two minor errors. The revisions affect the frequency of engagement with the arts and frequency of use of public library services. More details are provided in the revised report and associated Arts and Libraries tables.
28 September 2017
April 2016 to March 2017
National and Regional level data for England
Next release date
A series of “Taking Part, Focus on…” reports will be published in October 2017. Each ‘short story’ in this series will look at a specific topic in more detail, providing more in-depth analysis of the 2016/17 Taking Part data.
The Taking Part Survey provides reliable national estimates of adult engagement with the arts, heritage, museums, archives and libraries. The latest data cover the period April 2016 to March 2017.
The report also looks at some of the other statistics from the Taking Part Survey, including digital engagement with culture, volunteering and charitable giving, and First World War Commemorations.
These spreadsheets contain the data and sample sizes to support the material in this release.
The previous adult biannual Taking Part release was published on 31 January 2017 and the previous adult Taking Part annual release was published on 21 July 2016. Both releases also provide spreadsheets containing the data and sample sizes for each sector included in the survey. A series of short story reports was published on 26 April 2017.
The document above contains a list of ministers and officials who have received privileged early access to this release of Taking Part data. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum and those given access for briefing purposes had a maximum of 24 hours.
The UK Statistics Authority
This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (2009), as produced by the UK Statistics Authority. The Authority has the overall objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It monitors and reports on all official statistics, and promotes good practice in this area.
The latest figures in this release are based on data that was first published on 28 September 2017. Details on the pre-release access arrangements for this dataset are available in the accompanying material for the previous release.
The responsible statistician for this release is Alison Reynolds. For enquiries on this release, contact Alison Reynolds on 020 7211 6776 or Olivia Christophersen on 020 7211 2377.
For any further queries contact them or the Taking Part team at firstname.lastname@example.org.