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A Civil Society for us all

Dawn Austwick

, May 18, 2018 — Civil Society

Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund

Civil society is a golden thread that runs through our individual and collective lives. It binds us together, cares for those in need, enables passions and hobbies to be pursued, dreams to be fulfilled, and provides a platform for human contact. It is the allotment society, the village hall, the community centre, the food bank…

Visit a Museum at Night this May

Molly Whyte

, May 16, 2018 — Culture

Communications and Sector Support Coordinator, Culture24

Museums at Night, the UK’s after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage returns from Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 May 2018. 328+ events are taking place after-hours at museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites.The festival brings new audiences to cultural venues through extended opening times, exciting activities and spectacular night-time displays. May 2018 highlightsYou…

Museums and collective memory

Michael Ellis

, May 3, 2018 — Culture

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

This week I visited the Imperial War Museum London’s First World War Galleries. These galleries tell us the stories of the men and women who fought, lived and died one hundred years ago. Through the personal stories and objects on display in what was once Bedlam Hospital, we learn about the hardships and the horror…

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…