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Taking Part is a continuous national survey of those living in a representative cross-section of private households in England. The aim of the survey was to improve the current knowledge base of users and non-users by gathering quality-assured data on participation, attendance, attitudes and related factors across the many sectors covered by the DCMS, for example, arts, sports, museums, broadcasting, gambling and volunteering.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Arts, museums and galleries, libraries, archives, heritage, sport, social capital, engagement in various sectors whilst growing up, volunteering, broadcasting, gambling, Olympics, licensing laws and demographics.
England, age, alcohol licensing laws, archives, arts, broadcasting, community life, cultural behaviour, cultural events, cultural heritage, cultural participation, employment, gambling, health, internet use, leisure time activities, libraries, marital status, motivation, museums, olympic games, physical activities, social attitudes, social capital, sport, sporting events, sports clubs, sports facilities, television viewing, time, visits to recreational facilities, voluntary work
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Data collecting organization (s)
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
2005, 2006
Unit of Analysis

28,117 adults (16 or over) living in a representative cross-section of private households in England during 2005-2006

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Scherger S. Cultural practices, age and the life course. Cultural Trends 2009; 18(1): 23–45