Impacts 08, the European Capital of Culture Research Programme, has recently published two important reports. Volunteering for culture, which examined whether volunteering influenced the cultural interests and levels of participation, and ‘Liverpool on the map again’: Liverpool stakeholders’ reflections on Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008 which explored the perceptions of key stakeholders. Dr Dave O’Brien, a member of the team at UKCEM, is the author of the second report.