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Welcome to the Southeast Cultural Observatory

Culture South East closed  on 31 March 2009, as an outcome of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's review of its regional infrastructure.   We would like to thank all our partners in the South East, our colleagues and our contacts for their input, support and help over the last five and a half years. 
 
Information on the SECO website will remain available for your use.
 
Contacts after 31 March 2009:
 
Any Business Matters to do with the company:  stephen.hodgson@culture.gsi.gov.uk
 
Collaboration and Co-ordination across the Culture, Media and Sport sector:  this role is being continued in the South East Region by the South East Cultural Partnership led by Arts Council England South East. Contact:  zoe.dibb@artscouncil.org.uk
 
The Accentuate Programme the South East's Legacy Trust UK funded project that celebrates the South East Region as the birthplace of the paralympics has been transferred to Screen South. Contact: jo.nolan@screensouth.org
 
Cultural Olympiad coordination will continue to be the role of the Creative Programmer, Caterina Loriggio. Contact:  caterina.loriggio@london2012.com.
 
Cultural Research and Intelligence - South East Regional Cultural Observatory www.seco.org.uk:  This has been transferred to SEEDA. Contact:  kerenjones@seeda.org.uk
 
LAA Culture and Sport Toolkit:  has been transferred to IDeA (the Improvement and Development Agency. The new website address is:  www.culture-sport-laatoolkit.idea.gov.uk  Contact:  martynallison@idea.gov.uk
 
The Regional Economic Strategy implementation is coordinated by SEEDA (the South East of England Development Agency).  Contact:  kerenjones@seeda.org.uk
 
Thames Gateway North Kent Cultural Coordination work:  the Steering Group is chaired by Stella Bellem. Contact:  stellabellem@seeda.co.uk
 
Milton Keynes South Midlands Cultural Coordinator:  for details of the work, please contact Sue Grace:  sgrace@northamptonshire.gov.uk
 
Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH).  Contact : seden@winchester.gov.uk
 
Local Government Improvement work:  Contact : seden@winchester.gov.uk
 
Regional Living Places Group co-ordinating culture contribution to priority places, regeneration and the housing growth agenda.  Contact:  guy.purdy@mla.gov.uk
 
With best wishes for the future
 
Culture South East

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