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What it means to win Museum of the Year

Maria Balshaw
, July 17, 2015 — Culture
In today’s guest blog post Dr. Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Manchester City Galleries
 explains what it means to be awarded Museum of the Year. As I write this, the Whitworth, the University of Manchester’s gallery in the park, has been Museum of the Year for just over two weeks. I think…

A Special Delivery for our Postal Heritage

Baroness Neville-Rolfe
, July 15, 2015 — Culture
Following the announcement that Historic England and Royal Mail have committed to manage and conserve the network of post boxes in their existing locations across the UK, Baroness Neville-Rolfe takes a look back at the history of the UK’s treasured post boxes.  Like black taxis in London, the blue plaques we put on historic buildings…

Getting into publishing

Charlie Redmayne
, July 2, 2015 — Culture
HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne provides a valuable insight into what publishers are looking for when recruiting. This is a golden age for book publishing, with more people reading than ever before across an unprecedented range of platforms and devices. As publishers we bring our authors and their stories to as wide an audience as possible.…

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…