Understanding everyday participation” is a new £1.5 million investigation by The University of Manchester, just announced. It will survey the many unregarded and unfunded creative hobbies and cultural activities that Britons take part in, outside of the usual arts activities of museums, theatre, and galleries. It will also “carry out trials of new policy interventions” (thankfully not in the Midlands) — which sounds like a recipe for yet another state-intervention disaster. Such fragile and autonomous grassroots activities are probably best left well alone by the state.