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Dr Hilary Jones on the importance of sport

Dr Hilary Jones
, September 29, 2015 — Sport
Physical activity is vital for optimal health and that includes psychological as well as social and physical well-being. Our bodies are expressly designed to move, perform and give us pleasure. Hundreds of muscles, bones, tendons, nerves and joints have all evolved for maximum efficiency and are all powered by the incredible engine that is our…

Become a Somme Young Ambassador

Dan Snow
, September 28, 2015 — Uncategorized
The ballot has now launched for the public to join the commemorations commemorations to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme. To mark this, we have launched the Somme Young Ambassadors competition. Presenter and historian, Dan Snow explains how you can take part.   The Somme is one of the biggest and most costly battles…

Bringing the Flying Scotsman back to life

Paul Kirkman
, September 26, 2015 — Culture
With Flying Scotsman now taking shape in the Bury workshop of Riley & Son (E) Ltd, the National Railway Museum, which marks its 40th anniversary this week, is in the last phases of a complex £4.2m project to bring a steam legend back to life. Museum Director Paul Kirkman gives us a whistlestop tour of the…

Tourism students strengthening the industry

Dr Brigitte Stangl
, September 24, 2015 — Tourism
Dr Brigitte Stangl is a lecturer in tourism and the programme leader in international tourism management BSc at the University of Surrey. She shares her experience as a tourism lecturer and helping students, as part of our first #MyTourismJob day – taking place on the last Thursday of every month.  It is well known that…

Share your ideas for a new cultural programme

Ed Vaizey MP
, September 4, 2015 — Culture
It’s 50 years since Jennie Lee, the first Minister for the Arts, published the first White Paper on the arts. In it, she talked about the “drabness and joylessness of the social furniture” and the important role of the “living artist” in addressing that. We’ve come a long way since then. Government’s role in supporting…