Measuring cultural impact of Northern cities

Picture: Looking North from The Museum of Liverpool (Ant Clausen) to Liverpool Waters

At RIBA North last week we looked at how Brexit might affect the future of culture and tourism in the wider North. Our panel of cultural leaders was asked how cultural impact can be measured - for cities, communities and individuals.- and also how museums are embracing digital strategies to widen audiences in Liverpool and beyond.

Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan, who organised the successful 2008 European Capital of Culture bid, described the energy and determination in Liverpool behind the ongoing cultural offer:

'We invest more in our cultural organisations than any other city in the country, because if we don't have a creative city, we are just managing decline - in the face of austerity. Dr Beatriz Garcia's 'Impacts 18 European Capital of Culture Legacies 10 years on' research around the economic and social impact on Liverpool, found that community participation in Everton had gone up by 500%. Confidence is much harder to assess, but you can feel the generational change.'