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Taking the Civil Society Strategy to Birmingham

Maria Nyberg

, April 20, 2018 — Civil Society

Office for Civil Society Deputy Director, Sector Support Team

The Civil Society Strategy will shape government’s work with and for civil society over the next 10 years. Through the strategy we want to explore new ways to empower people, unlock partnerships and enable communities to shape and enhance the places where they live. We want to hear from as many people as possible about…

Shifting Identities, New Stories at the Government Art Collection

Chantal Condron

, April 17, 2018 — Culture

Government Art Collection Curator, Information & Research (Modern & Contemporary Art)

Shifting Identities, New Stories opens at the Government Art Collection (GAC) on 16 April marking the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Exploring themes that connect to a sense of identity and place are paintings, sculptures, photographic works and prints related to Commonwealth cultural identities.Spanning nearly 80 years of art, the…

Bold new vision for Cambridgeshire Libraries

Sue Willis

, April 12, 2018 — Libraries

Cambridgeshire Library Service is one of the fastest growing services in the country, with four new libraries planned, and it has innovative plans for the future. For our libraries to thrive, not just survive, we need to start seeing them for what they can do for and with people. We want to build on this…

Association of British Orchestras celebrates 70th birthday

Mark Pemberton

, April 5, 2018 — Culture

It’s 1946 and Britain is rebuilding itself after the war. That August, the Arts Council of Great Britain is granted a Royal Charter to champion and develop art and culture across the country. The following month, the BBC’s Third Programme makes its first broadcast.What connects these two momentous events? In December 1947 the Arts Council…

English Tourism Week 2018: Love our coastline

Sam Richardson

, March 23, 2018 — Tourism

Academy Director National Coastal Tourism Academy

We’ve long had a love affair with our stunning coastline.  For many of us, crispy fish ‘n’ chips on the pier, sunny afternoons strolling along the prom and splashing in the waves were the very essence of a summer holiday.  Yes, it rained, but that was all part of the seaside spirit. For those of…

English Tourism Week 2018: Being Brunel

Matthew Tanner

, March 22, 2018 — Tourism

Director and Chief Executive, SS Great Britain Trust

Opening on 23 March 2018, Being Brunel is a new museum that will introduce the world to what Brunel made, reveal new insights about ‘what made the man’ and shed light on why Brunel’s life and legacy are still so relevant to us today. As well as being one of the greatest engineers of the…

English Tourism Week 2018: No filter required

Martine Ainsworth-Wells

, March 20, 2018 — Tourism

Project Director, Cultural Cities of Northern England

 I was born in Liverpool; my mother is from Manchester, I went to university in Leeds and have worked in Hull and NewcastleGateshead.  I might have been a Londoner for over 20 years but I consider myself pretty well qualified to extol the virtues of our iconic northern cities to the world. I’ve also had…

English Tourism Week 2018: Making great memories in England’s National Parks

Mark Holroyd

, March 19, 2018 — Tourism

Head of Discover England’s National Parks Programme

The Government’s £40million Discover England Fund is bringing England’s National Parks together to develop a new collection of world-class experiences to generate growth in the value of international tourism. Our National Parks are major contributors to the UK’s visitor economy, attracting more than 94 million visitors each year and accounting for more than £4 billion…