Making it Magic for Everyone

Ian Crabbe

Ian Crabbe, July 28, 2021 — Civil Society

Managing Director Resort Theme Parks for Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments Director, Ian Crabbe, welcomes the National Disability Strategy and reflects on some of the positive changes Alton Towers have made to ensure everyone has a safe, fun and memorable visit. A visit from the Minister We were delighted to welcome Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston to Alton Towers recently, to show him not only…

Re-opening the Natural History Museum

Richard Orr

Richard Orr, August 21, 2020 — Enjoy Summer Safely

Head of Marketing, Natural History Museum

You’d have thought re-opening the Museum would be a simple task, switch everything back on and open the doors and they’ll come rushing back. That is where the issue lies. With the new normal comes new responsibilities. Without dwelling on the finer details of how we can keep everyone safe when they visit, I’d just…

Libraries: A place to learn to love culture

Libraries Connected

Libraries Connected, — Enjoy Summer Safely

‘I always thought art was not for people like me, how wrong I was.’ Library art club member Libraries are often the first place people experience art and culture. Whether it is a crafts session with an emerging artist or a live music concert in a city centre library – libraries know how to create…

Stonehenge: Meeting new challenges at the ancient monument

Jennifer Davies

Jennifer Davies, August 20, 2020 — Enjoy Summer Safely

English Heritage’s Head of Historic Properties for Stonehenge

On 18 March, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic began to be felt, Stonehenge closed its doors to the public, along with more than 400 English Heritage sites. In an ordinary year, the celebrated ancient monument welcomes 1.6 million visitors, but overnight the numbers of people on site was reduced to just a handful…

Reopening success for independent museums 

Emma Chaplin

Emma Chaplin, August 19, 2020 — Enjoy Summer Safely

Director, Association of Independent Museums

AIM, the Association for Independent Museums, is a thriving membership network for independent museums, galleries and heritage organisations across the UK. Here, Director of AIM, Emma Chaplin, shares highlights on how members are facing the challenge of reopening and making the most of the opportunities this presents.   Covid-19 has been a challenge like no other…

Enjoy Summer Safely in Lincolnshire

Charlotte Goy

Charlotte Goy, July 22, 2020 — Enjoy Summer Safely

CEO, Visit Lincoln

Lincolnshire – the best of city, countryside, and coast. Throw in heritage, culture, aviation, exceptional food and it’s easy to see why it is a well-loved destination. An active role in Tourism However, no-one could have predicted the challenges 2020 would present.  So to hear that Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston MP, himself a Lincoln lad,…

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…

The new normal for Cotswolds tourism

Susie Hunt

Susie Hunt, July 12, 2020 — Tourism

Partnership Manager, Cotswold Tourism

This weekend saw the start of our new ‘post-Covid normal’ as hotels, pubs, restaurants and more retailers were finally able to open their doors again to the public following the March lockdown. I don’t know about you but I quite liked the old ‘normal’, when a night away in a hotel meant time with a…

Museums Action Plan

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, 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…

National Parks Week 2018: Discover life as Park Ranger

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, July 26, 2018 — Tourism

Head of Discover England’s National Parks Programme

As part of National Parks Week, we celebrate the roles of some of the people involved in caring for our special landscapes, and learn how Government funding is supporting them to develop new experiences which attract new global audiences. Heroes of our countryside In the UK National Parks, National Park rangers – or wardens as…