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After Waterloo, the Art of Peace

Kate Heard
, June 22, 2015 — Culture
Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust, describes the cultural legacy of the Battle of Waterloo through the art in the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle. The Battle of Waterloo, fought two hundred years ago, has left a broad cultural legacy. Paintings, sculptures, prints, medals, histories, novels and songs were…

20 Years of Heritage Lottery Funding

Gareth Maeer
, June 19, 2015 — Culture
Marking Heritage Lottery Fund’s research released today into the impact of its biggest projects over the last 20 years,  its Head of Research and Evaluation Gareth Maeer  looks back at how the heritage landscape has evolved in the past two decades. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF has been able to make awards of more than £5m…

Virtual Reality & Museums

Today’s blog comes from Sir Michael Dixon, the Director of the Natural History Museum in London, who dons his virtual reality headset to take us on a 3-D journey through Sir David Attenborough’s First Life. Today saw the premiere of David Attenborough’s First Life at the Natural History Museum, a virtual reality dive through the ancient oceans…

Waterloo 200 Fashion

Kirsty Hassard
, June 18, 2015 — Culture
On the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Kirsty Hassard from the Victoria & Albert museum writes about the glittering Duchess of Richmond’s Ball and how women’s fashion was affected by the Napoleonic Wars.   Held in Brussels prior to the Battle of Waterloo, on 15th June 1815, the Duchess of Richmond’s ball is…

A great way to see the UK

Nick Lomas
, May 22, 2015 — Tourism
May Bank Holiday Week Blog from Nick Lomas, Director General of The Caravan Club The great British outdoors gives us so much fun, exhilaration and enjoyment. So as we plan our May Bank Holiday weekend, and for many the half-term week as well, it’s worth considering the freedom that caravanning offers.  If you had to…

Pushing the boundaries of heritage

Sir Peter Luff
, May 20, 2015 — National Lottery
As the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announces almost £100million of National Lottery funding to transform nine major heritage sites across the UK, the Fund’s new Chair Sir Peter Luff explains why he is particularly pleased that five are dedicated to our rich scientific and industrial heritage. When I told people about my new appointment as…

Museums at Night returns!

Rosie Clarke
, May 14, 2015 — Culture
Museums at Night, the UK’s after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, kicked off last night and will run until Saturday 16 May. 471 museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites are taking part by throwing their doors open after hours, and offering an incredible range of exciting events. Designed to encourage new audiences into…

Angel Awards for saving local heritage

Bettany Hughes
, March 26, 2015 — Culture
Historian Bettany Hughes, celebrates the everyday heroes who rescue our heritage and how they’re recognised through the Angel Awards. Since I first started judging the Angel Awards in 2011, their inaugural year, I have been introduced to some truly inspirational restoration projects right across the country. As a species we should never live in the…