DCMS blog

Matt Hancock

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Matt Hancock
Minister of State for Digital and Culture

#CultureIsDigital

April 3, 2017 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

So today I am launching our new Culture is Digital project with a conversation between Government and both tech and the cultural world about how we push this natural synergy further.

Art and Education

December 1, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

As potentially one of the greatest forces for openness and social mobility we have, the arts are central to having a well-rounded education.Like many others, I was disappointed when AQA – the last exam board offering the Art History A Level – announced that they will be dropping the subject from 2018.From the earliest cave…

Celebrating The National Lottery

November 4, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

This week we have been celebrating the fantastic work of the National Lottery, which has reached the incredible milestone of giving out its 500,000th grant.It has been supporting local community projects across the country for over 20 years. Strengthening our nation’s arts, cultural and sporting sectors, benefiting charities far and wide and having a positive…

How digital is making culture local

October 24, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

How can cultural organisations use digital technology to increase access, interest and excellence in the arts?That is the question I posed to industry leaders in Manchester at the national What Next? Conference. One week on, and I have been struck by the number of tweets and emails I’ve received with examples of innovative cultural and…

#NoNuisance: Making directors pay

October 23, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

From early next year we are introducing a new measure which will see company directors held personally responsible for nuisance calls. If they let their employees break the rules then we call that their fault. They’ll now be facing personal fines of up to £500,000 – and that’s on top of any fines against the…

Championing digital inclusion

October 12, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Today I chaired my first meeting of a council determined to make sure everyone in the country can thrive in the digital age. The Council for Digital Inclusion brings together leaders from business, charities and central and local government to help us build an inclusive – and digitally empowered – nation. It is the latest…

Hull’s vision for a bright future

October 6, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

It only takes a short walk around Hull city centre to see the impact its year as UK City of Culture is already having – and it isn’t yet 2017. Hull is a city on the up, and the growing sense of confidence about the place is palpable.Last week, I was able to visit two…

Getting serious about cyber security

October 3, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

This week some of the UK’s leading minds in cyber security are coming together to discuss one of the greatest threats faced by UK businesses and innovative ways to fight it.The inaugural Security Serious Conference will see experts outline why UK companies need to think like hackers in order to beat them, and how companies…

Happy 70th Birthday Arts Council!

August 9, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

For 70 years, the Arts Council has broken down barriers to the arts. In 1946, when the Arts Council was first established, the country had been devastated by the horrors of the Second World War.  It was born from a time when the Government was redefining its responsibilities for the population’s well-being – from healthcare…