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Culture and Entertainment

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Designation Listing Selection Guide

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating culture and entertainment buildings.

This selection guide cover buildings erected for the arts, entertainment and cultural pursuits generally. Cinemas, museums, galleries, theatres, dance halls: the range is wide, from buildings of solemn intensity to others of fantasy and delight. Inevitably, there are strong overlaps with other selection guides, especially Parks and Gardens and Sport and Recreation. Pubs, restaurants and clubs are considered under Commercial, relocated elements such as ornate fountains, once exhibited at international exhibitions, are chiefly in Parks and Gardens, whilst university libraries are considered under Education.

This is one of a series of guides which set out some of our approaches to designating buildings. Covering twenty broad categories of building types, they including historical overviews and special considerations for listing, plus select bibliographies. They are primarily intended to develop understanding of designated buildings and structures, and to offer insight into designation decision making.


  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical summary
  • Specific considerations when considering structures associated with culture and entertainment
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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