Department for Culture Media and Sport


Welcome to the DCMS website. The site is very simple to use and we hope you will find the navigation easy to follow. If you get lost, the 'home' tab at the top left of every page will always take you to the home page. Here are some useful tips:


The DCMS logo in the top left of the screen will always take you back to the home page

 go to home page

Main navigation bar

Links in this navigation bar will take you to the main channels of the site. 

go to what we do channelgo to about us channelgo to news channelgo to consultations channelgo to publications channelgo to contact us channel

  • what we do - this section covers the government policy areas we are responsible for
  • about us - here you can find out about our main priorities
  • news - gateway to DCMS archives of news stories and news releases
  • consultations - gateway to DCMS archives of consultations
  • publications - gateway to DCMS archives of publications
  • contact - details of how to contact the department


Links in text pages are blue and will underline when you move your cursor over them. 


Every page on our website has a 'bread crumbs' trail showing you how you arrived at your current page. For example the trail at the top of this help page reads your home > help.  You can use the trail to go back to a previous stage by clicking on the link.

Searching this website

The search facility is located at the top right of every page. Results are sorted by relevance and also indicate the type of document, for example PDF or HTML. 

Site Map

The sitemap lists all the links throughout the site, just click on the small arrow to expand each section. 

Archived pages (UK Government Web Archive)

archived publication

Are you looking for older content?

Since the general election of 6 May 2010 and the change of HM Government, we have removed publications, press releases and other material that reflected previous government policy. This material is still available via the UK Government Web Archive

Where relevant we have included links to archived pages on our current website. You will recognise these pages by a large red banner at the top of the page (View archived publication).

Please note that these pages will be out of date and you should always refer to our current website

If you still cannot find what you are looking for contact us and we will try to help.

Access Keys

We have provided access keys (press alt and 0 together then enter) for people who need or prefer keyboard shortcuts to navigate.

Downloading files

To download any documents on our website: Click the right-mouse button over the relevant links and choose ' Save Target As...' , you'll then be able to save the document in the appropriate place on your computer and view offline at your leisure

The majority of our documents are published in Adobe PDF format, and are clearly marked with the file size. Adobe Reader is required to view PDF documents. If you don't already have it, you can download free from the Adobe website.  Other PDF viewers are available such as Nitro or PDF-Xchange both also free.

Visually impaired users whose screen reader software is not compatible with Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or above can find online tools that convert PDF documents into text at the Adobe accessibility website.  Please read our accessibility pages for more information.


DCMS website pages are designed to be print friendly.  The print version of a page omits navigation elements, websites of interest and related information (third column detail). To see the print version of a page use the browser options: in Internet Explorer select File then Print Preview from the menu.  

Optimum viewing

This website has been tested on a range of platforms and browsers. 

PCs: Internet Explorer 7 or later, Firefox 9 or later, Mozilla 3 or later or Opera 8 or later
Macs: Safari ver 1.3 or later, Firefox 9 or later or Opera 8 or later.   

Screen resolutions

DCMS website has been designed to work flexibly across a range of browsers and screen resolutions. We have specified the list of browsers we used to test the site on this page. For information on adjusting the display resolution try the help files in your operating system or consult the manufacturer's website.

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