DCMS Announces Launch of £250m Cultural Investment Fund

A new £250 million Culture Investment Fund (CIF) will be introduced to “drive local growth, support young people, and reinforce culture’s role at the heart of communities.”, as announced by DCMS during the weekend. This new fund will benefit the culture and creative sectors, including providing extra investment in innovative cultural projects, libraries, museums and creative…

Queen’s Speech

The State Opening of Parliament has taken place today (14 October 2019), with the Queen’s Speech outlining the government’s priorities on a variety of subjects. The main points of significance for the heritage sector are: There will be seven pieces of Brexit-related legislation, including measures to establish new regulatory frameworks for fishing, farming, trade and financial services, and…

Tourism Businesses Fear Closures Following Immigration Reforms

Recent research released by leading tourism trade association UKinbound and Canterbury Christ Church University shows that the Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration reforms have the potential to severely destabilise the tourism industry in the UK, putting at risk an industry that contributes £145 billion (7.2% of UK GDP) to the UK economy. The research includes a survey…

“Quiet Crisis”: Crumbling Infrastructure Poses Significant Risk to Museum Buildings and Collections

Museum Leaders have written an open letter to the Times that urges policy makers to recognise the “quiet crisis” facing museum infrastructure, outlining the threat that faces collections if more immediate action is not taken to invest in better protection. Museums suffering from cuts in local and central government funding has meant that essential maintenance…