I began my career with Devon County Libraries, and it was on an early summer day in Devon that I discovered a wonderful account of the power and relevance of cultural activities. It was contained in a document 1 displayed in an exhibition at High Cross House in Dartington. This splendid international modernist style building contains the artefacts, archives and bibliographic collections belonging to the Dartington Hall Trust. This is an organization that aims to change people’s lives, ‘by providing a place where inspired ideas can be realised through imagination, exploration, reflection and practice’.