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21 Aug 2017

Six design teams shortlisted to bring fire-ravaged Clandon Park mansion back to life

British conservation charity the National Trust has announced a shortlist of six architects in the running to rebuild Surrey’s Clandon Park: a historic Palladian mansion that was gutted by a fire in 2015. [more...]

21 Aug 2017

GEM launches training scheme for museums professionals

Arts Council England (ACE) funding has helped the launch of a new training scheme aimed at addressing the challenges facing professionals involved in education in the museum, heritage and cultural sectors. [more...]

18 Aug 2017

Weak pound attracts record number of visitors in June

The UK attracted a record number of overseas visitors during June – thanks largely to the collapse in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote. [more...]

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DCMS introduces £15m cultural regeneration fund as part of Great Exhibition of the North

Culture and tech projects in the North of England will soon be able to bid for a slice from a £15m (US$19.3m, €16.5m) funding pie, with a new fund established to help build a lasting regional legacy for the Great Exhibition of the North. [more...]

Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Felice Varini design Hull public pavilion for UK City of Culture 2017

Swiss artist Felice Varini and the Chilean architecture practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen have been commissioned to design an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in the historic heart of Hull, UK. [more...]

Tech start up Neurable creates world's first brain-controlled VR system

Tech startup Neurable has taken virtual reality to the next level, creating computer interfaces for the brain to allow users to control the technology using only the power of their minds. [more...]

John Ellerman Foundation launches museums development fund

A curatorial development fund worth £500,000 (US$645,000, €550,000) has been created to help already established curators of museums and galleries in the UK learn new ways of working. [more...]

China of ‘increasing importance’ to UK tourism market

Around 250,000 holidaymakers from China spent more than £1bn in the UK last year, marking the increased importance of the country to the UK’s tourism market. [more...]

Expansion for Legoland Windsor on the cards after Merlin submits 2024 masterplan

Merlin Entertainments is planning a grand expansion of Legoland Windsor, after the operator filed a planning application to include new attractions and accommodation as part of an eight-year masterplan to develop the UK theme park. [more...]

In brief:

Bulmers eyes overseas tourists with planned €1.8m Clonmel visitor centre [more...]
London's Garden Bridge scrapped. @TheGardenBridge Trust and @MayorofLondon respond [more...]
.@SadiqKhan sets out London's green vision as mayor plans first National Park City [more...]
European visitors targeted with English coastline app @VisitEngland @nctacademy [more...]
Visitor centre and restoration grant for Willow Tea Rooms Building @wtr_trust [more...]
UK rides reopen following death of man on similar US attraction in Ohio [more...]
Bear Grylls Survival Academy launches at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo @BearGrylls @ZSLWhipsnadeZoo [more...]
Legoland performs for Merlin, but UK attractions struggle following terror attacks [more...]
Former V&A director Martin Roth dies aged 62 [more...]
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