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Henry VIII, arsenic, chloroform, ice cream vans and the joys of the packed lunch

John Penrose

, May 12, 2011 — Culture

John David Penrose is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare

As everybody knows*, the traditional English ballad Greensleeves was written by Henry VIII as a lament for his singular lack of progress – at the time – in wooing Anne Boleyn. That this venture by the much-married monarch should have proved to be so spectacularly enduring is just one of those happy chances that history…

Behind the scenes at Streetwise Opera

Patience Ofosu-Asaa

, May 6, 2011 — Culture

DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme Graduate

What is it really like to work in an arts organisation? What do graduates on the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme work on during their year-long placements? Patience Ofosu-Asaa, one of the graduates on the scheme, takes us behind the scenes in a video blog about her role as projects assistant at Streetwise Opera –…

Visual effects: why the UK must build a legacy for the future

Paul Franklin

, April 28, 2011 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Film Producer

It has produced mind-blowing visual effects for Hollywood blockbusters such as Iron Man 2 and Inception and won a clutch of awards including BAFTAs and an Oscar. But visual effects firm Double Negative is not American or Japanese – it’s British. Co-founder and VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, one of the Oscar-winning team that worked on…

Macbeth, hip hop and meeting The Queen

Alix Manning

, April 18, 2011 — Culture

Education Associate Practitioner

Watching some of UK theatre’s top talent preparing for a major production of Macbeth, helping young people to fuse hip hop with Shakespeare and meeting The Queen – it’s all in a day’s work for Alix Manning since joining the Royal Shakespeare Company through the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries scheme. Here, Alix tells us more…

Life in the trees

Antony Mottershead

, April 12, 2011 — Culture

Arts Development Assistant for the Forestry Commission at Grizedale

If you think forests are only for hikers and picnic-loving bears, it’s time to think again. Bursary recipient Antony Mottershead explains how the Forestry Commission at Grizedale, in the heart of the world famous Lake District National Park, is using the forest as a very unique setting for innovative art projects to engage the public.