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Welsh Culture Minister promises Heritage Bill

26th March 2012

Huw Lewis, the Welsh minister for housing, regeneration and heritage, has said that he hoped Wales would have its first ever heritage act in place by 2014. Speaking at the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales conference, Lewis said that there would be a heritage conference in July as part of the process of consultation on the bill, and that he hoped a strategy for the historic environment would be in place by autumn.

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Crewe Lyceum Theatre gearing up to find new owner

26th March 2012

Taxpayers could save at least £140,000 a year if a council-run theatre was taken over by a private firm. Cheshire East Council is looking to transfer operational responsibility for the Lyceum Theatre in Crewe and slash its subsidy by a third. The authority currently provides £390,000 of funding for the Heath Street venue every year. But if an external operator took over the Lyceum, this support would be cut to £250,000 with further reductions likely in future years. Cabinet members at the council will today be asked to allow officers to invite tenders to run the 100-year-old theatre.

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Blog: Crisis time in the West End?

26th March 2012

There’s a lot of talk about the ever-approaching spectre of the Olympics, and whether or not audiences will actually materialise for the theatre as well as the sports events that will saturate TV coverage and the entire city. Not all of us, after all, are sports fans blogs Mark Shenton for The Stage.


Tour: Elizabethan Bankside with the Rose 9 April

26th March 2012

Join the Rose Theatre Trust on the 9 April for a tour of Elizabethan London’s Liberty of the Clink, home of the Bishop of Winchester, London’s iconic Rose and Globe Theatres and the foul industries that even the Elizabethans considered unsightly. Hear about London’s three cities, the Frost Fairs and the Winchester Geese, culminating with exclusive access to the Rose, Bankside where you’ll hear the history of Bankside’s first theatre.

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Exhibition: Circus Showmen - Innovators Who Shaped the Circus 1 Feb to 3 May

26th March 2012

A major circus exhibition has been assembled by the National Fairground Archive in Sheffield. It challenges people’s perceptions of what circus is all about and sheds light on a remarkable history writes Liz Arratoon.

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Gregory Doran appointed artistic director of RSC

26th March 2012

Gregory Doran has been appointed to succeed Michael Boyd as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Inquiry into participation in the arts has been launched by the National Assembly for Wales

26th March 2012

An inquiry into participation in the arts has been launched by the National Assembly for Wales in response to concerns that budget cuts are having a negative impact on access to culture. A number of Welsh arts organisations petitioned the assembly to examine the funding decisions that had been made by the Arts Council of Wales in June 2010.

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Everyman Theatre Liverpool in shutter portraits search

25th March 2012

A photographer has started capturing images of more than 100 “exceptional Liverpudlians” whose portraits will be on the front of a new city theatre. Silhouettes of 105 local people will be etched on to aluminium shutters at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, which is due to reopen in late 2013.

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Liz Forgan departure from Arts Council met with dismay

23rd March 2012

News that chair of Arts Council England has been asked by culture secretary to step down has been described as political writes Charlotte Higgins for The Guardian.


Reducing carbon emissions from heritage assets: new guidance

23rd March 2012

The Yorkshire and Humber Climate Change Partnership has commissioned a study into reducing carbon emissions from heritage buildings. Written by the consulting engineers Arup, the study comprises two documents. The first contains general guidance on the processes and techniques that can be used to reduce emissions and concentrates on the aspects that require special consideration when dealing with important historic assets. The second contains a series of case studies showing how these techniques can be applied to local buildings.

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