Culture

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,…

Design in Britain: powering a new industrial age

Alice Black

, January 10, 2019 — Culture

Director of the Design Museum

Britain is a nation of creators and inventors, builders and makers. From the jet engine to Raspberry PI, James Dyson to Zaha Hadid, British designs have driven industrial revolutions, spurred our economic growth and spread our cultural influence around the world. Design and technologyWe stand today on the cusp of a new industrial age, with…

UK and Japan: The enduring appeal of Peter Rabbit

Stacey McShane

, January 9, 2019 — Culture

General Manager, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Once upon a time Beatrix Potter wrote a story about a naughty rabbit named Peter. Far away in Japan, he was so popular people flew half way around the world to find out more about him and the famous author. Peter Rabbit is a firm favourite in Japanese culture and Beatrix Potter has an enduring…

UK and Japan: Friends and partners

Kate Arthurs

, January 7, 2019 — Culture

Director Arts, British Council

Considering the distance between our countries, our cultural relationship with Japan is in very good shape.Both Japan and the UK are renowned for outstanding arts and culture that attracts worldwide attention. We show remarkably high levels of connection in the arts, and there is a strong drive towards closer cooperation in other sectors, including education,…

Increasing audiences, improving experiences

Kate Carreno

, December 13, 2018 — Culture

Assistant Director, Operations and Engagement at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Find out what a difference the VAT 33a scheme has made to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The inclusion of university museums in the scheme to recover VAT in 2004, while retaining free admission to the museum and permanent collections, was very welcome. The decision to apply was very straightforward as the benefits are substantial…