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Northern Stars winners at No 10

Following LivingLens success in the Northern Stars start-up competition, the firm’s CEO and co-founder Carl Wong visited London to pitch to investors, network with other tech firms and meet the National Technology Adviser at Number 10 Downing Street. Government supportOur day began with a visit to 10 Downing Street and a talk with Liam Maxwell,…

What are your #HeritageTreasures?

Ros Kerslake

, February 1, 2017 — Culture

Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund is now on Facebook and Instagram, and to celebrate we’re asking people to share images of the heritage they love – their heritage treasures.And so far, the response has been quite incredible with the #HeritageTreasures hashtag trending at number one in the UK on Twitter on the campaign’s launch day.Watching the entries being…

DCMS Wolfson: Bolton Museum ‘First Impressions’

Julie Spencer

, January 17, 2017 — Culture

Head of Service, Bolton Library and Museum Services

Bolton’s collection of ancient Egyptian material is significant and arguably one of the most important in a British local authority museum and totals around 12,000 objects from over 65 sites in Egypt. We are at an exciting and crucial point in our service’s development as we are about to embark on a capital project, funded…

DCMS Wolfson: Arbeia Roman Fort

Ian Watson

, — Culture

Director of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

We are absolutely delighted to be one of the 39 museums and galleries in England and one of the only two in the North East to receive funding from DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund. The redevelopment project will help Arbeia Roman Fort to greatly improve our visitor offer as it will better connect the…

DCMS Wolfson: Green light for the Royal Cornwall Museum

Ian Wall

, — Culture

Royal Cornwall Museum Director

As Director of the Royal Cornwall Museum I’m delighted that our application for the ‘Shining A Light On The Heritage of Cornwall’ project has been awarded a £50,000 grant.This project will see the full scale revamp of our museum’s lighting which we believe will help revitalise the Museum. This funding will be used to apply…

Building a Creative Economy for all

Helen Warren

, January 13, 2017 — Culture

Head of Creative Industries at DCMS

Today I spoke to the Westminster Media Forum in Manchester about harnessing the creative economy in the North of England. What I said in my speech is that to do this, we need to join up creative activity across the North of England and indeed the whole of the UK.After all, collaborating and connecting is…

Future Worlds brings best of British startups to #CES2017

Reuben Wilcock

, January 7, 2017 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Director of Future Worlds, University of Southampton

I’m writing this perched on a crowded sofa in Las Vegas watching over the Future Worlds incubator stand at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As a serial entrepreneur, I launched Future Worlds in December 2015 at the University of Southampton to help aspiring innovators change the world with their ideas. Ever envious of US…

Celebrating a successful year for British music in a global market

Chris Green

, January 6, 2017 — Media, broadband and creative industries

BPI Director of Research

The latest Official Charts Company data released by the BPI – the UK record labels’ association that promotes British music – gives a number of good reasons to be optimistic about the future of the British music industry. Music has been widely acknowledged to have been the canary in the coalmine of digital disruption, having…

Championing Britain in China

Karen Bradley

, December 19, 2016 — China

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Championing Britain in ChinaEarlier this month I visited China with other government ministers to exchange ideas and experiences, and enhance ties between our two nations. I also took the largest delegation of individuals from cultural, creative industries and sport sectors that have ever accompanied a DCMS Minister abroad.The People to People Dialogue is a key pillar…

Grow Your Tenner fundraising campaign helps local charities grow

Chris Dormer

, December 16, 2016 — Civil Society

Head of Business Development at Localgiving

As part of plans leading up to #LocalCharitiesDay, the Government’s Office for Civil Society (OCS) backed two fundraising campaigns that encourage giving to local charities and community groups. OCS gave £250,000 to the campaigns, both run by Localgiving, to match online donations from the public.The Grow Your Tenner campaign matched donations from the public up…