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Royal Assent for the Digital Economy Bill



9 April 2010

The Digital Economy Bill has now been published as the Digital Economy Act 2010, following Royal Assent. The Act includes provisions relating to the UK’s communications infrastructure, public service broadcasting, copyright licensing and online infringement of copyright, and security and safety online and in video games. 

Museums in North West to receive funding boost


1 April 2010

£200,000 for People’s History Museum in Manchester and
£500,000 for National Museums Liverpool

Culture calling – right on your phone


01 April 2010

Ever wondered how close you were to a Picasso? A hidden museum? The latest art exhibition?  Well, soon you will be able to find out with the touch of a button on your phone. 

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to benefit from London 2012


01 April 2010

The Olympic Board has agreed a special package of measures to help the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham receive maximum benefits from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Government outlines next steps in developing universal culture offer for all children and young people, including Arts Council England review of funding for cultural education


1 April 2010

The Government today confirmed the next steps in realising the ambition for every child and young person to experience at least five hours of high-quality cultural activities each week.  This will transform the way in which youngsters relate to culture and the arts, and lay the foundations for future generations of creativity and cultural excellence.

100 Years of Saving Our Heritage for the Nation - Margaret Hodge hails AIL Scheme and unveils latest acquisition


31 March 2010

An exquisite bronze statue of a dancer by the acclaimed impressionist Edgar Degas today became the latest item to be saved for the nation under the Government’s Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) Scheme, administered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) which celebrates its centenary this year.

25th Hour campaign launched to inspire London 2012 legacy


30 March 2010

Thousands of people to get exclusive preview of the Opening Ceremony as a reward for giving time

New scheme launched to inspire 500 young people through London 2012 Games


29 March 2010

Young people in England and Wales are to be given the chance to become the first ever Opportunity 2012 graduates, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said today.

Museums given last chance to buy first British portrait of a freed slave


26 March 2010

Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge, has placed a temporary export bar on a fascinating portrait of a freed slave by the eighteenth-century British artist William Hoare of Bath.  This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo in the United Kingdom. 

Preferred bidders announced for Independently Funded News Consortia pilots


25 March 2010

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw today announced the preferred bidders for the three independently funded news consortia (IFNC) pilots in Scotland, Wales and the Tyne Tees/Border region in England.

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