Research Papers 2011

Synopsis Here you will find a list of Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure research papers published during 2011.

  • Archaeological archives in Northern Ireland: Legislation, guidance and comparison with other jurisdictions

    Reference: 174/11 - Date: 19/12/2011

    This paper describes the current state of legislation, guidance and practice governing archaeological archives in Northern Ireland, and provides some comparisons with jurisdictions elsewhere in the UK and Ireland. It seeks to highlight some of the challenges presented by current arrangements, and highlights areas of good practice followed elsewhere.

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  • Use of the European Culture Programme for translation between Irish and English

    Reference: 140/11 - Date: 02/11/2011

    The Culture Programme is one of the European Union’s (EU) flagship initiatives. It has three objectives; to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector, to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output and to foster intercultural dialogue. The programme seeks to achieve these objectives by providing funding through a series of grants programmes, and fostering collaborative links between member states. This paper presents an overview of how the programme could be used for translation between Irish and English.

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  • The European Heritage Label

    Reference: 138/11 - Date: 01/11/2011

    On 20 May 2011, European Union Culture Ministers reached agreement on the creation of a 'European Heritage Label', designed to ‘highlight sites that celebrate and symbolise European integration, ideals and history’, and ‘values such as democracy, freedom or diversity’. This briefing note includes information about the development of a European Heritage Label, its application and the UK government's view.

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  • Potential benefits of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for Northern Ireland

    Reference: 139/11 - Date: 01/11/2011

    This paper presents an overview of some of the potential benefits of the London 2012 Olympic Games for Northern Ireland, including economic, cultural and sporting factors. A brief analysis of the benefits of previous Games is also presented.

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  • Update on European issues relating to culture, arts and leisure

    Reference: 124/11 - Date: 14/10/2011

    This paper documents recent policy activity at a European level on culture, arts and leisure issues. It deals largely with the European Union but also references the Council of Europe.

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  • The Creative Industries: background, definitions and recent policy development

    Reference: 93/11 - Date: 12/09/2011

    This paper summarises the current state of the creative industries, sets out recent policy developments in this area, and provides an analysis of government strategies in relation to the creative industries in Northern Ireland, across the UK, and in Ireland. A summary of the key challenges identified in recent strategies is also provided.

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  • Northern Ireland Library Authority (Libraries NI)

    Reference: 82/11 - Date: 07/07/2011

    The Northern Ireland Library Authority (or Libraries NI) is the public library service for Northern Ireland. Its functions were established by the Libraries Act (Northern Ireland) 2008, replacing the previous structure whereby libraries were managed through five Education and Library Boards. Libraries NI is overseen by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, and currently operates 99 branch libraries in Northern Ireland, two specialist libraries, and 28 mobile libraries. Libraries NI is part-way through a three stage consultation process as part of a review: Meeting the Demands of a Modern Public Library Service. Stage one resulted in the closure of ten libraries in the Greater Belfast area, a decision on ten libraries outside Belfast is expected in September 2011, and a third stage on mobile library provision is yet to commence. Libraries policy is driven by the 2006 document, Delivering Tomorrow’s Libraries, which states in Public Library Service 2 that ‘85% of households should have access to a library service within two miles’ .

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  • Sport Matters strategy: Capital Requirement

    Reference: 80/11 - Date: 07/07/2011

    The estimated capital budget required to deliver the Sport Matters strategy over the next four years is £214m, while the capital investment made by DCAL for the same period is £133m (including £110m for the three stadiums). By this calculation, there is a capital funding shortfall for sport of £81m for the period 2011/12 to 2014/15.

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  • Background briefing: Sport Northern Ireland

    Reference: 79/11 - Date: 07/07/2011

    Sport Northern Ireland (Sport NI) is one of DCAL’s nine arms-length bodies. The body was formerly known as the Sports Council Northern Ireland. Sport NI is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, established under the Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1986. Its stated purpose is to be the lead agency for developing sport in Northern Ireland, and with a corporate vision ‘to promote a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport which contributes to a peaceful, fair and prosperous society

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  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland

    Reference: 81/11 - Date: 07/07/2011

    The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland, and is an arms-length body of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Ninety-nine organisations are provided with funding through the Annual Support for Organisations Programme for 2011/12 . Previous research has shown that such funding typically represents around 18% of an organisation’s total income . Arts attendance is relatively high in Northern Ireland, with a recent survey indicating that 73% of adults visited at least one arts event in the last 12 months , compared with 45% as an average for the European Union . In 2009, there were 349,463 visits made to 7,905 performances of arts events in Northern Ireland, equating to just over 1.1 million tickets worth around £16m. 29% of these tickets were bought by households with an income of less than £13,500 a year . 157,300 overseas visitors (or 11%) stated that they had participated in cultural/ historical activities while visiting Northern Ireland .

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  • A summary of proposed funding changes for the Irish language voluntary sector: recent developments

    Reference: 67/11 - Date: 27/06/2011

    This paper summarises developments so far in the proposed changes to the way in which the Irish language voluntary sector is funded by Foras na Gaeilge. The roles of the various organisations involved in these developments is described, and Annexe 2 provides a commentary on some of the contextual differences of the Irish language in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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  • Background briefing:Waterways Ireland

    Reference: 70/11 - Date: 27/06/2011

    Waterways Ireland is a North-South Implementation Body, and is responsible for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of inland navigable waterways throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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  • Background briefing: North-South language bodies

    Reference: 68/11 - Date: 27/06/2011

    The North/South Language Body (An Foras Teanga) is one of the Implementation Bodies established by the North/South Co-operation Order. It is a single body, composed of two separate and largely autonomous agencies: Foras na Gaeilge, and the Ulster-Scots Agency (Tha Boord O Ulstér-Scotch).

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  • Background briefing: museums provision in Northern Ireland

    Reference: 58/11 - Date: 06/06/2011

    Museums in Northern Ireland are supported by two key bodies: National Museums Northern Ireland provides five museums, and also has responsibility for W5; Northern Ireland Museums Council supports local museums by providing some funding, training, and research into the museums sector. This paper summarises the role of NMNI and NIMC, and briefly describes some aspects of the policy development process.

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  • Assessing the value and impact of museums

    Reference: 29/11 - Date: 14/02/2011

    This research paper sets out a summary of recent attempts to assess the impact and value of museums across the UK and Ireland. Both economic and social impacts are considered, and the methodologies adopted by such assessments are discussed. Two case studies are used to highlight how economic and social impacts can be assessed in practice, and the lessons learned from each exercise are described.

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  • Analysis of Museums Policy Consultation Responses

    Reference: 25/11 - Date: 01/02/2011

    This Briefing Paper provides a brief analysis of the responses received by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) as part of the consultation exercise on a draft museums policy, Museums Policy for Northern Ireland , released for consultation between 24 July and 30 September 2010.

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  • Heritage and Cultural Rights: International Standards

    Reference: 26/11 - Date: 01/02/2011

    This paper sets out a summary of the international, European and domestic instruments which deal with cultural rights. The relationship between cultural rights instruments and cultural heritage is examined.

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