Digital participation in arts and culture in England 2011-2019

This statistic presents the proportion of adults who digitally participated in culture in the last year in England, between 2011 and 2019. Digital participation refers to the usage of websites related to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in England, which includes arts, museum, archives and heritage sites. In 2018/19, participation declined somewhat, with 30.2 percent of respondents having digitally engaged with culture in the 12 months prior to being surveyed.

Share of adults who digitally participated in culture in the last 12 months in England from 2011/12 to 2018/19*

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Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2011/12 to 2018/19*

Number of respondents

8,161**

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

* Years run April to March.
** Base of most recent survey; n (2017/18) = 7,715; n (2016/17) = 9,352; n (2015/16) =10,171; n (2014/15) = 9,817; n (2013/14) =10,355; n (2012/13) = 9,838; n (2011/12) = 9,188; n (2010/11) = 14,102; n (2009/10) = 6,097; n (2008/09) = 14,452; n (2007/08) = 25,720; n (2006/07) = 24,174; n (2005/06) = 28,117.

Digital participation is defined by the source as visiting arts, museum, gallery, heritage and/or archive websites for various reasons, such as searching for information, completing a transaction or searching a catelogue/collection. It also includes visiting a library website to loan an e-book.
To digitally engage in the arts is defined as the respondent engaging with the Department of Culture Media and Sport sectors via the internet.

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