Culture

The benefits of family reading in and out of lockdown

Dr Carina Spaulding

Dr Carina Spaulding, July 16, 2020 — Culture

Research & Evaluation Manager, The Reading Agency

As a charity dedicated to working towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life, we at The Reading Agency have been keenly interested in the ways lockdown has affected our relationship with books and reading. We partnered with Beano Brain Omnibus to survey over 10,000 7-11-year-olds across the UK to…

Wallace Collection: Bringing life back into the galleries

Sarah Harmer

Sarah Harmer, July 14, 2020 — Culture

Director of Development, The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection reopens this week after almost exactly 17 weeks of closure. Except for the two World Wars, this period has been the first time the Collection has closed to the public since we opened in 1900. We are incredibly excited to be welcoming back staff and visitors to the Collection – bringing life back…

Interdependence, co-creation, and hope

Jacqui O’Hanlon

Jacqui O’Hanlon, July 3, 2020 — Culture

RSC Director of Education and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, an independent body that champions the rights of all children to arts and culture Cultural Learning Alliance

RSC Director of Education and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, an independent body that champions the rights of all children to arts and culture Cultural Learning AllianceRSC Director of Education and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance, an independent body that champions the rights of all children to arts and culture Cultural Learning Alliance.

 I am Director of Education at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance. Both roles are fundamentally about the same things: championing the right of all children and young people to high quality arts and cultural learning. Both are driven by a mission to democratise who makes, creates, and shapes arts…

Oliver Dowden’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 May 2020

Oliver Dowden

, May 30, 2020 — Culture

The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary gave the 30 May 2020 daily press briefing on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me begin with the latest figures: 4,171,408 tests for coronavirus have now been carried out in the UK, including 127,722 tests carried out yesterday; 272,826 people have tested positive, that’s an increase of…

Celebrating World Book Night

Caroline Dinenage MP

Caroline Dinenage MP, April 23, 2020 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

The 23rd of April is quite a big day for literary lovers across the world – it’s the UNESCO International Day of the Book, it’s (probably!) William Shakespeare’s birthday today, and it is also World Book Night – a brilliant initiative organised by the Reading Agency.Of course, this year’s World Book Night is probably more…

Derby: A Heritage High Street success story

Clive Fletcher

Clive Fletcher, September 14, 2019 — Culture

Lead Specialist, Historic Places for Historic England

High Street Heritage Action Zones build upon Historic England’s record of reviving high streets with Partnership Schemes in Conservation Areas (PSiCAS). These are collaborations with Local Authorities and building owners that reverse decline and build confidence by restoring historic buildings. Derby PSiCA ran between 2008-2016, and transformed the city centre’s fortunes by attracting new investment…

Viking: Rediscover the Legend

Esther Morgan

Esther Morgan, August 12, 2019 — Culture

Communications Manager, Norfolk Museums Service

The arrival of a charismatic object for display is always exciting. In the case of Viking: Rediscover the Legend (at Norwich Castle until 8 September) this has meant hosting some of the most significant Anglo-Saxon and Viking treasures ever discovered in Britain. Objects like the Lewis Chessmen from the British Museum generate publicity and are…

A year of Creative Industries success

Tim Davie

, April 26, 2019 — Culture

Creative Industries Council Chair

One year on since the launch of the landmark Creative Industries Sector Deal, excellent progress has been made on the commitments from government and industry to drive the growth of creative businesses across the country. The UK’s creative industries are undoubtedly a real success story, worth over £100 billion per year, employing over two million…

Record Store Day 2019

Tracey Heyworth

, April 13, 2019 — Culture

Music and Copyright Adviser, DCMS

I should probably start by being honest about how I listen to music – I stream. A lot. The convenience, the portability and the huge amount of content is manna from heaven for a music geek like me. I listen while I’m walking, sitting on the train, typing at my desk, reading a book –…

English Tourism Week 2019: Changing perceptions with 5G technology

Tim Bowles

, April 1, 2019 — Culture

Mayor of the West of England

Tourism can change the way we think about a place and we are using advanced 5G technology to change and challenge perceptions of tourist attractions around the West of England. Smart Tourism Our 5G Smart Tourism showcase in March used virtual and augmented reality to enhance the visitor experience in Bristol and Bath. For example,…