Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997

Series description

Series title: Finance Department: National Audit of Capital Needs Files, 1992-1993
Reference: ACGB/6
Extent: 2m 20cm


In 1992, as a response to discussions relating to the National Lottery, the Arts Council of Great Britain conducted a national audit of the capital needs of the arts, in order to establish how much needed to be spent to restore arts buildings and to provide essential new facilities.

The audit was conducted through a network of Regional Arts Boards and national arts funding bodies. It involved the mailing of over 5,000 arts organisations, venues and artists with three questionnaires; one relating to existing buildings and arts facilities, one to new building projects and one to equipment requirements.

The aims of the audit were to identify all buildings used for the arts and to obtain a first estimate of the capital needed to; provide access for disabled people, carry out general refurbishment and improvement, alter existing structures to upgrade facilities, replace poor quality buildings, create new facilities and re-equip arts organisations and facilities.

The results were compiled into a special database and given to the Department of National Heritage for consideration in relation to the Lottery.

Scope and content

The bulk of this material consists of the returned questionnaires, but it also contains; papers relating to the database and pilot project, correspondence with those funding bodies in the network and a general file on the project.

The questionnaires are arranged alphabetically by respondant, apart from two boxes of forms, which have been kept separate because of queries relating to the information contained within them. No detailed list of the series is yet available.


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Restrictions on access

Because this series is uncatalogued, access is restricted under section 22 (information intended for future publication) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For more information, please write by e-mail to or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.