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146th anniversary of Cutty Sark’s launch

Jessica Lewis
, November 21, 2015 — Uncategorized
On 22 November, Cutty Sark will be celebrating the 146th anniversary of her launch, after far outliving her original life expectancy of 30 years. Commissioned by Scottish ship owner John Willis, Cutty Sark was built in Dumbarton in 1869 by Scott & Linton to be the fastest of the clippers serving the China tea trade. However after just eight voyages to…

London’s Korean Film Festival

, November 2, 2015 — Culture
Korean Film has a long, proud history dating back to the 1930s, however, it has only been in the last 20 years that we have seen Korean cinema truly take its place on the world stage. In the second half of the 20th Century, Korea’s film industry thrived and each year at our Festival we…

What I love about #MyTourismJob

Deirdre Wells
, October 29, 2015 — Culture
On the last Thursday of every month we celebrate the tourism sector across social media using #MyTourismJob. This month, Deirdre Wells, Chief Executive of UKinbound shares why she is passionate about her role in the tourism sector.  We all love a good holiday and there is oodles of research which confirms that not only is…

Battle of Agincourt 600th anniversary

, October 25, 2015 — Culture
Today, 25 October, is the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, Henry V’s victory against the French.Anne Curry, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton discusses the history of the battle and talks about the work of the charity Agincourt 600.  The battle forms part of the Hundred Years War where English kings claimed to be…

Rugby World Cup breaking records as Quarter-Finals approach

Stephen Brown
, October 16, 2015 — Sport
England Rugby 2015 managing director Stephen Brown on staging the biggest event in sport this year. In the last few weeks Rugby World Cup 2015 has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world, and as the pool stages have now finished, we can reflect on a tournament that has already produced some competitive…

The Motorhome & Caravan Show returns to Birmingham

John Lally
, October 12, 2015 — Tourism
National Caravan Council (NCC) Director General, John Lally, previews the Motorhome & Caravan Show, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC this week, at a time when the use of leisure vehicles in the UK is on the up. There will even be a world record attempt on opening day… Excitement is building as the finishing touches…

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…