Building a cultural strategy for all Medway's people and places

A cultural strategy for Medway

A consultation is underway to develop a new Cultural Strategy for Medway that will help shape arts and culture in the City for the next ten years.

GJG Consultancy supported by evaluation and research specialists Ruth Melville Research (RMR) and The Audience Agency (TAA) are working in partnership with Medway Cultural Partnership and Medway Council to co-develop a new Cultural Strategy for Medway for 2020 – 2030.

As the process progresses, this website will provide access to key documentation, updates on the process and links to the consultation process.

The Medway Cultural Partnership

The Medway Cultural Partnership works together to preserve and develop all that makes Medway an attractive place to live, work, study and visit. It aims to encourage participation, to attract inward investment and support Medway’s continued regeneration.

Project timeline

  • 5th November 2020

    Inception meetings with Cultural Partnership and Medway Council.

  • 5th November to 14th February 2020

    Developing initial vision and themes through consultation with wide range of Medway stakeholders, cultural sector and community members.

  • 14th February 2020

    Sharing of themes and vision; mapping of provision and regional/national comparators report, reporting on the initial key stakeholder and sector consultation in the development of emerging themes and vision for Medway Cultural Strategy.

  • 9th March to mid-April 2020

    Testing themes and vision: Medway Cultural Partnership members and Medway Council share the report internally and feedback. The GJG team continue public community engagement.

  • Mid-April to late May 2020

    Draft strategy: Amends to report, action planning (both collectively and as individual organisations) and evaluation. What investment, resources and commitments will be involved?


  • June 2020

    Medway Council and Medway Cultural Partnership organisations board approval and adoption of new strategy in early June.

The GJG Team

James Gough

Lead Consultant

James leads this project on behalf of GJG Consultancy. He specialises in strategic planning, organisational change and public engagement projects at both a regional and national level.

Ben Morgan

Communications & Digital Specialist

Ben brings over 20 years digital and brand communications expertise, as well as extensive project management and report writing experience.

Dr Ruth Melville

Senior Consultant

Ruth is a researcher and cultural policy practitioner, working with organisations across the public and third sectors to embed research and evaluation to help understand their impact.

Catherine Doran

Research assistant

Catherine is experienced in the collection and analysis of data and has worked on evaluations for various arts organisations.

Adrienne Pye

Senior Consultant, The Audience Agency

An evaluation specialist, Adrienne has created NLHF-compliant evaluation frameworks for organisations as varied as St Albans Cathedral, the Mary Rose Trust and the British Museum.

Charlotte Eade

Researcher & Evaluator

Charlotte is a researcher, facilitator and evaluator. She is a trained Social Return on Investment practitioner, and has worked on SROIs for a number of arts and community projects.

Want to know more?

About your data – GDPR

The Medway Cultural Strategy Opinion Survey will be open until May 2nd 2020.

In addition to collecting views, we would like to collect some personal information in order to give us background information to the responders to the survey in order – that helps us illustrate any relationships between age, location and viewpoints. All the data we collect will be confidential, stored securely and not shared with anybody outside the research team at Ruth Melville Research and GJG Consultancy. After analysis, all data will be deleted.