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Enjoying the outdoors this Half Term

Helen Meech
, October 23, 2014 — Culture
Helen Meech, Assistant Director, Outdoors and Nature Engagement at the National Trust, highlights the importance of getting your children outside and enjoying nature during Half Term. I’ve got a theory that everyone’s born wild. Deep down, I reckon everyone likes being outdoors. And nobody likes being outdoors more than children. My two year old daughter,…

Heritage Highlights this Halloween Half-Term

Lucy Hutchings
, October 21, 2014 — Culture
Lucy Hutchings, Head of Events at English Heritage encourages families this half term, to explore the historic sites on offer across the UK. Across the UK, in our cities, towns and villages, in our parks and in our gardens, there are ruined castles and abbeys, prehistoric stone circles and historic houses right on our doorsteps,…

Inspired in India

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
, October 15, 2014 — Culture
There’s never been a better time to promote why Britain is such a fantastic destination to visit, soak up the culture and invest in. That’s why this week I’m taking the message to India that Britain is keen to develop stronger, wider and deeper partnerships. Since I arrived it’s been plain to see that our…

Remembering the work of Edith Cavell

Simon Knighton
, October 13, 2014 — First World War
Following the announcement that work will go ahead to restore the grave of executed World War I nurse, Edith Cavell at Norwich Cathedral, Simon Knighton, Chairman of Cavell Nurse’s Trust, reflects on the work of the charity and the awarding of £91,900 of Heritage Lottery Fund money. As Chairman of Cavell Nurses’ Trust, I am proud…

Lights, Camera, Action!

Ed Vaizey MP
, October 8, 2014 — Culture
Today marks the start of the 58th annual BFI London Film Festival (LFF) and it is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our thriving UK film industry. The film business is big business in our capital city. With huge films such as Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,Frankenstein and Paddington recently being shot in London and classics such as The…

It all began with the Orphan of Zhao

Gregory Doran
, October 7, 2014 — Culture
Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Gregory Doran discusses the RSC’s plans to mark Shakespeare’s 400th Jubilee year and how the organisation has been working with theatre makers across the globe. Though Zhao had its origins in the 4th century BCE, it was the first Chinese play ever translated in the West (in 1753, by the…

Nearing the end of #walk4peace

Michael Bates
, September 29, 2014 — Culture
Following the wonderful meeting with the Mayor, Stefan Schostok and a visit to the Landesmuseum I had to continue with my journey, leaving Eixe to head towards Brunswick, a journey of 19.8 miles. Today’s walk was idyllic and virtually perfect in every way. There was a McDonalds (creature comforts) halfway at Vechelde where we could…

A meeting with the Mayor

On day 40 I was scheduled to walk from Munister to Ladenberger, which would involve walking 21.7 miles. This would take the current total of my walk to 722.0 miles. I didn’t want to leave Munster. I had fallen I love with the city. It was that mix of university, history, politics and church which…

Tate’s Great Year – Good News for the WHOLE of the UK

Ed Vaizey MP
, September 19, 2014 — Culture
Great news from Tate this week.  The Matisse show at Tate Modern welcomed 562,622 visitors during its short stay this year, comfortably becoming not only their most successful temporary exhibition ever, but also the first one to top half a million visits.  Congratulations to them and if you, like me, were one of that number…