Culture

Two Arts and Humanities Research Fellowships awarded

Charlotte Marriott

Charlotte Marriott, November 4, 2022 — Culture

Head of International Cultural Protection, DCMS

In May 2022 two new research projects were awarded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding to explore key DCMS policy areas. This will fund two academics, through a short term funded research opportunity called a fellowship. The research fellowships have been established as part of DCMS’ Chief Scientific Advisor Office’s aim to build stronger…

Poet Laureate marks the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage, September 20, 2022 — Culture

Poet Laureate

The Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, published his tribute to Queen Elizabeth II in the form of a new poem, following her death on Thursday 8th September 2022.“Floral Tribute” mentions one of the Queen’s favourite flowers, the lily of the valley. They appeared in her wedding and coronation bouquets.Floral TributeEvening will come, however determined the late…

St Mary’s Church, Lavey – benefitting from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme

Fr Eamon Graham

Fr Eamon Graham, February 8, 2022 — Culture

Parish Priest of Lavey and Greenlough

Fr Eamon Graham,  Parish Priest of Lavey and Greenlough,  tells us about the fascinating history of St Mary’s, Lavey, Northern Ireland, and how the government’s Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme has helped maintain it for the community and future generations. The chapel was built in 1873 and while initially it was the intention that…

Technology as a Trojan Horse

Annette Mees

Annette Mees, May 20, 2021 — #HereForCulture

Director, Audience Labs at The Royal Opera House

Over the last three years I have been the director of Audience Labs, an artist-led innovation programme at The Royal Opera House, which has afforded me the extraordinary opportunity to work with different technologies, partners, and a sweep of great artists. We have been exploring the true meaning of innovation, finding pioneering artists and next…

Coming Together as a Community

Chaitrali Chitre

Chaitrali Chitre, May 19, 2021 — #HereForCulture

Sahyadri Friends Group

Helping everyone in the community is at the heart of what Sahyadri Friends Group do on a daily basis. Their celebration and acceptance of cultural and religious diversity encapsulates why Coventry is the UK’s City of Culture for 2021. Who we areFounded in 2016, Sahyadri Friends Group is a diverse mix of 250 families who…

Bluebell Railway: Virtual tours that take culture online, into care homes and around the world

Ruth Rowatt

Ruth Rowatt, February 26, 2021 — #HereForCulture

Marketing and Communications Manager, Bluebell Railway

A grant from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage to the Bluebell Railway has enabled us to create virtual tours of our stations, locomotive shed and museum. This project is ongoing with more tours coming soon, including Kingscote Station, booking office and signal box! The link to our first tour was put on the Bluebell Railway…

The Value of Culture and Heritage

Lord Mendoza

Lord Mendoza, January 21, 2021 — Culture

Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal

When we visit a gallery or a local museum, attend a concert or dance performance, visit a Neolithic site or take a ride on a steam railway we experience cultural nourishment and joy. We experience this communally, with our families and friends. Cultural organisations also provide needed societal work for communities across the country. We…

2020 is ALL THE FEELS | Bristol’s Watershed on the impact of lockdown and the Culture Recovery Fund

Clare Reddington

Clare Reddington, October 30, 2020 — Culture

CEO, Watershed

Clare Reddington, CEO of Watershed in Bristol discusses what happened when covid closed them down, how they have been using the lockdown to do some deep thinking and how they are re-emerging wrapped in renewed values to make a sector that is representative, safe and welcoming for all.   Before lockdown, Watershed was thriving and…

Remembrance Sunday & Armistice Day 2020

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This year the annual National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph will be a closed ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.However, there are many ways you can mark the occasion safely, either outdoors, while following social distancing guidance, online or at home.  Things you can do and watch in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday and…

Military Wives Choirs: A thank you for supporting our virtual activity #CommunitiesCan

Eleanor Pullen

Eleanor Pullen, October 9, 2020 — #CommunitiesCan

Digital Engagement Officer, Military Wives Choirs

The grant funding that the Military Wives Choirs has received has enabled us to continue to bring our network together, albeit virtually, during these unprecedented times in the COVID-19 pandemic. With over 70 choirs and more than 2,000 members in British military bases across the UK and overseas, the Military Wives Choirs is a charity…