The investigation is part of the Cultural Value Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The investigation's aims reflect the overall aims of the Culture Value Project in that it proposes a better understanding of the way in which people may change, feel better, become more open reflective individuals,
and contribute more positively to the community and environment in which they live through engagement in cultural activities.
The investigation focused on cultural organisations in Margate, Folkestone and Bexhill-on-Sea and on three main areas of enquiry: reflective individuals
and engaged citizens; urban regeneration and community dynamics; and improvements to health and wellbeing.