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The Last Post

Virginia Crompton
, March 3, 2015 — Culture
As part of the commemorations marking the WW1 Gallipoli campaign centenary,  The Last Post project’s Executive Producer Virginia Crompton looks at how the project is marking this important milestone through education and music What’s in a name? Ҫanakkale. It’s the Turkish name for a battle which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of young men from…

60 years supporting UK culture

Paul Ramsbottom
, February 27, 2015 — Culture
As the Wolfson Foundation approaches its 60th anniversary, Chief Executive Paul Ramsbottom reflects on the support the foundation has provided museums and galleries across the country.  The grants, jointly funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Wolfson Foundation, are designed to fund renovation and improvement projects in museums and galleries, to increase access…

Remembering our war memorials 

Ben Greener
, February 4, 2015 — Culture
HLF’s Historic Environment Advisor, Ben Greener explores how the Heritage Lottery Fund is helping to conserve and understand the nation’s war memorials. There are over 100,000 war memorials around the UK – including monuments; rolls of honour; gardens of remembrance, memorial clocks, windows, bells and more – quietly reminding us of an incredible sacrifice. As…

Countryside is GREAT

Helen Grant MP
, January 29, 2015 — Tourism
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought that we were pretty well blessed here in the UK when it comes to countryside and natural landscapes.  The Jurassic Coastline in the west country, the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands, Snowdonia’s splendour, the mysteries of the Giants’ Causeway in Northern Ireland and the richness…

Inspiring Women into Sport

Helen Grant MP
, January 28, 2015 — Sport
Let’s be clear: you don’t have to be sporty to work in sport.  If football is your passion, you don’t need to have played a season or two in the Premiership to land a really good job in the sport.  And you don’t need to be able to cover 100 metres in under ten seconds…

Coast Communities Fund boosts North East seaside resort

Patrick Melia
, January 27, 2015 — Tourism
North Tyneside has benefitted from over £5m from the Coastal Community Fund, including more than £4 million towards developments in the seaside town of Whitley Bay. Patrick Melia, North Tyneside Council’s Chief Executive, explains what this means for the community: This latest news of an further £2 million for North Tyneside from the Coastal Community Fund…

Gallipoli Remembered

Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
, January 26, 2015 — Culture
As we mark the Centenary of the First World War, we encounter an array of battles, campaigns and other milestones during the war that, for one reason or another, are significant. We cannot mark them all so we focus on some of those that marked turning points – or which highlight different aspects of the…