DCMS blog

A week in the world of sport

Helen Grant MP
, December 17, 2014 — Sport
Last week was a great one for sport, and an uplifting one for me.  In two entirely different ways, it showed the power that sport has to capture the imagination of huge numbers from all walks of life, and make a positive impact on our national consciousness. But before I get to that, I’d like…

The Sky at Night

Tom Kerss, Astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich blogs about stargazing this month. The approaching winter, with its long, cold nights will be a true test of many an amateur astronomer’s resolve, but it’s also a very exciting season, and an ideal time to take up or rediscover the thrill of stargazing. Early sunsets offer sky watchers…

Football Remembers

Virginia Crompton
, December 9, 2014 — First World War
“Here we were, laughing and chatting to men who only a few hours before we were trying to kill!  Some of our men even left the trench to play football.”  It’s a simple idea: take the Premier League’s existing under 12s Christmas Truce tournament as a starting point, and create a mass participation opportunity for schools to…

An inspirational trip to St George’s Park

Helen Grant MP
, December 1, 2014 — Sport
I’m all too aware that being Minister for Sport must appear to the outsider as a dream job for anyone who, like me, is passionate about sport and wants to spread the word about why it’s so important.  And so it is. Yes, there are lots of meetings and no shortage of wrangling about the…

A Good Year for Giving

Good news sometimes comes in unlikely packages.  Yesterday (Thursday 27 November) the DCMS published something called ‘Charitable Giving Indicators 2013/14 – Statistical Release’.  Not, perhaps, a title to make the pulse race but, for all that, it contains some rather sensational news: charitable donations to our cultural institutions at an all-time high.  Let me explain.…