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Lifetime Learning

Kate Joseph
, July 18, 2016 — Culture
Now more than ever, we live in a world that’s being reshaped by technology. To make the most of this, we all need to consider how we adapt and update our skills to keep up with the innovations that can revolutionise our personal and professional lives. Technology has always changed our labour market, and it’s…

Shakespeare in the libraries of Manchester

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
, July 5, 2016 — Culture
When I was in Manchester for the Somme commemorations I discovered some remarkable Shakespeare archives in two of our finest libraries. Manchester Library is a wonderful circular building, built in 1934. Sympathetically restored by a Newcastle architect, it has become a focal meeting point for the City with 2.5million visitors since it reopened. I was…

Remembering the Somme in Manchester

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
, July 4, 2016 — Culture
On Friday I went to the national commemoration of the Somme in Manchester. We celebrated the lives of the thousands of young men who fought or died on the Somme with over 19,000 from our country dying on the very first day 100 years ago. I joined dignitaries at the Cenotaph in a moving service…

National Walking Month

David Evennett
, May 23, 2016 — Culture
I am a passionate advocate of walking – it is free, keeps you fit and is good for the environment. For years, my wife and I have enjoyed exploring the UK’s breathtaking scenery on foot and now as Minister responsible for sport and tourism it seems my hobby could not be more apt. May is…

Kate Adie – My Memory Square for the Path of the Remembered

Kate Adie
, May 9, 2016 — Culture
Journalist Kate Adie shares her inspiration for her contribution the the Path of the Remembered. Mary Sangster filled shells with TNT twelve hours a day. Work in a munitions factory was demanding and dangerous. Hundreds of thousands of women like her were hard at work throughout the country, supplying the voracious demands of the WW1 battlefields. They were ‘doing their…

Cracking down on nuisance calls

Nuisance calls are irritating. So irritating in fact that nearly 170,000 complaints were made to the regulator – the Information Commissioner’s Office – on this issue last year alone. We’ve already made it easier for rogue companies to be fined by reducing the need for the regulator to prove that substantial damage and distress HAS BEEN caused by the…

‘Tis mad idolatry

Zoe WIlcox
, April 23, 2016 — Culture
How did we become so obsessed with Shakespeare? This is one of the questions which the British Library’s exhibition Shakespeare in Ten Acts sets out to answer. As curator of the exhibition, I’ve spent the last two years combing through the Library’s rich and varied collections finding stories that illuminate how and why Shakespeare became the global,…


William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of our greatest ever Britons – a genius whose work continues to have an extraordinary influence across the globe. The Bard’s plays and sonnets have been translated into more than 100 languages and are studied by schoolchildren the world over. His work not only underpins our reputation in literature and…

Events are GREAT

Nick de Bois
, April 15, 2016 — Tourism
The launch of Events are GREAT Britain took place on Thursday 14th April at Chelsea Football Club, officially outlining VisitBritain’s new strategy for Business Visits & Events. “Events are GREAT Britain” is part of the wider GREAT campaign and will act as the umbrella brand working to drive more international business to the UK. Activity will start to…