DCMS blog

Realising the potential of 5G

Ian Smith

, February 16, 2018 — Digital

5G Testbeds & Trials Programme Director, DCMS

The world is becoming increasingly dependent on reliable mobile connectivity, mobile data use has rocketed over the past five years – increasing 74% in 2015. The term “5G” is used to describe the fifth generation of mobile communications technologies and will have capabilities significantly beyond our current connectivity infrastructure. Improving the online experienceMobile networks support…

Points of Light: Celebrating outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth

Points of Light Team

, February 13, 2018 — Civil Society

https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a real change in their communities.In the run-up to April’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting taking place in London, volunteers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations are being thanked and recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as Commonwealth Points of Light.From combating homelessness…

The Terracotta Warriors have arrived

Michael Ellis

, February 9, 2018 — China

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

The Terracotta Warriors are one of the world’s most iconic cultural treasures. The underground army of life-sized warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, for over 2,000 years. Now, for the first time in over a decade, they are being displayed in the UK at the World Museum, part of…

Six works marking 6 February

Chantal Condron

, February 6, 2018 — Culture

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

Government Art Collection Curator Chantal Condron selects six works from the Collection to mark the passing of the Representation of the People Act 100 years ago, when women (over 30) won the right to vote in the UK.Pioneering activist and writer, Mary Wollstonecraft argued for the equality of women and men, and for women’s representation. Her…

Celebrating equal rights

Sue Owen

, — Civil Society

Permanent Secretary, DCMS

Today marks a significant anniversary in the history of the campaign for equal rights. The UK Suffrage movement pioneered democratic dissent against inequality laws and attitudes, championing the rights of women to vote and stand as MPs.One hundred years ago today Parliament passed The Representation of the People Act, the first step to women being…

Why our theatres must be protected

Michael Ellis

, January 31, 2018 — Culture

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

Theatre is the beating heart of our creative industries. It makes a significant contribution to the artistic and financial strength of the sector. In London alone, almost twice as many people visit the theatre every year as buy Premier League football tickets. But theatre’s impact is not only felt in the capital. Regional theatre and…

Future Worlds unveil new tech at CES 2018

Reuben Wilcock

, January 19, 2018 — Digital

Director of Future Worlds, University of Southampton

Last week I was at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which for four hectic days each year is the world’s mecca for tech innovation where over 200,000 delegates and the world’s tech media get to meet thousands of technology companies showcasing their latest products and ideas.For the third year running, Future Worlds at the…

A Happy Christmas in Cornwall

Jerome Tait

, December 23, 2017 — Culture

Listing Adviser for Historic England

The name of Daphne Du Maurier may not conjure up Christmas in most people’s minds but it was her “high spot of the year” due, in part, to her bolt hole in Cornwall called ‘Ferryside’, which has just been listed at Grade II by the Heritage Minister John Glen on the advice of Historic England.…

Making churches more sustainable

Bernard Taylor

, December 20, 2017 — Culture

Chairman of the English Churches and Cathedrals Sustainability Review

For centuries church buildings have played a pivotal role in our communities and remain at the heart of villages, towns and cities across the country. In leading the review into church sustainability, it has been my task to consider the best way to assure the future of these historic buildings.  There are 16,000 parish churches…

#UKCityofCulture2021: This is Coventry!

Nicole Malatesta

, December 19, 2017 — Culture

Fundraising Officer, Coventry City of Culture Trust

‘Coventry’s ready’, ‘we are ready’, ‘the time is right’ … everyone we spoke to expressed the same positive sentiments.  A two and a half year journey working with the community, arts organisations, individuals and businesses across the city and region, which all hung in the balance as we stood poised for the final announcement. As…