Department for Culture Media and Sport

archive 2008


Andy Burnham unveils scheme to give a million free theatre tickets to young people - Free theatre offer to be launched early next year


23 September 2008

A new scheme to encourage young people to experience live theatre was unveiled today by Culture Secretary Andy Burnham.  A £2.5 million programme – funded by Arts Council England, who will manage the scheme – will be focused on some 95 venues all over England.  Each will offer a proportion of the tickets for arts productions on the same night every week – free – to anyone under 26 years old. 

Local authorities dive in for £140 million free swimming fund


23 September 2008

Nine million people over 60 are set to get free swimming as Culture Secretary Andy Burnham today announced that more than 80 per cent of local authorities are to join a Government scheme.

Andy Burnham appoints interim chair for English Heritage


17 September 2008

Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe has been appointed as the interim-chair of English Heritage, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham announced today.

'The Transporters' - a unique government-backed DVD to help children with autism recognise emotions to go on sale world-wide


01 September 2008

A groundbreaking teaching resource to help children with autism make sense of the world around them is to be marketed internationally, following great success in the UK.

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