Culture

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…

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace and Reconciliation 2018

Mike Sheil

, October 24, 2018 — Culture

Exhibition Photographer

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace and Reconciliation 2018 is the last in a series of exhibitions which have been held during the centenary period of the First World War and which is now the most widely viewed international exhibition about the conflict.    These exhibitions, consisting of photographs of the landscapes of the conflict as…

National Album Day: Why the global success of UK music is personal

Tracey Heyworth

, October 12, 2018 — Culture

Music and Copyright Adviser, DCMS

Music is a huge success story for the UK, contributing significantly to the creative industries and the wider economy. In 2016 alone it generated £4.4 billion for the economy, sustaining more than 142,00 jobs. It’s is also one of our most successful exports, generating £2.5 billion in export revenue in 2016 while in the same…

Museums Action Plan

Neil Mendoza

, October 4, 2018 — Culture

Author, The Mendoza Review: an independent review into museums in England

In November last year, the government published my review of England’s museums, the first comprehensive look at the sector since 2001. In the last year we have seen more great examples of museums flourishing in different ways: Tate St Ives winning Art Fund Museum of the Year; museum openings such as Bristol’s Being Brunel; government…

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…