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Amiens100: Leonard John Hall

Shaun Hall

, August 13, 2018 — First World War

Great nephew of Leonard John Hall

First World War descendant Shaun Hall pays tribute to his Great Uncle Leonard, who died on the first day of the Battle of Amiens.My connection to Leonard John Hall is through my father, also Leonard – named after his Uncle by my Grandad Victor. I recall as a boy my dad and nana telling stories about…

Amiens Remembered

Simon Bendry

, August 6, 2018 — Culture

Programme Director for the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme, UCL Institute of Education, London.

In August 2018, students from many of the nations which fought at the Battle of Amiens in 1918 – Australia, Canada, France, UK and USA – are coming together to commemorate the battle and as a symbol of international reconciliation.The programme, developed by UCL Institute of Education in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture,…

NHS 70: House of Memories app

Sam Vaux

, July 5, 2018 — Culture

House of Memories Marketing Officer, National Museums Liverpool

The My House of Memories app is one example of digital health innovation in the NHS – helping people living with dementia, their carers, and family to share memories together.The National Health Service turns 70 today, 5 July 2018 – a perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions. House of…

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…

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…

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…

Visual artist Lola Betiku shares what the Commonwealth means to her

Lola Betiku

, March 16, 2018 — Culture

Visual Artist

My names Lola Betiku abbreviated LABET and I’m an east London based visual artist of West African descent. Born in the United Kingdom, my particular connection to the commonwealth derives through my heritage being from Nigeria, which stands 57 years as an independent country. My style of work can be described as figurative, being heavily…

Commonwealth Connections

Lindsay Pell

, — Culture

Senior Producer BBC Scotland

Can you name all fifty-three member countries of The Commonwealth spanning Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific? No? Neither could I before embarking on this wide-ranging Radio 3 series without the help of a map, a quick internet search and the occasional assistance of a magnifying glass for some of the smaller countries. For…

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…