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Travels in my Tardis

To mark National Libraries Day (Saturday 7 February), our Director of Libraries, Brian Ashley, blogs about his career in libraries and what they mean to him.

Nottingham Central Library

The little things make a difference.

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HAPPY New Year!

Last year we commissioned a research study, from economists Daniel Fujiwara and George MacKerron, examining how different arts and cultural institutions affect levels of happiness. Richard Russell, our Director of Policy and Research, blogs about the results, which we've just published.

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Farewell from Alan Davey

Our departing Chief Executive Alan Davey blogs for us for the last time.

Swallows and Amazons - Bristol Old Vic. Credit: Simon Annand

I’m told I have a last opportunity to say anything I want, to get it off my chest. To say the words I want to leave ringing in the air as I leave the Arts Council. 

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The Digital Culture survey 2014: our take on this rich insight into digital engagement

Paul Glinkowski, our Senior Manager, Creative Media, writes with Vivien Niblett, Senior Officer,  Policy and Research on the results of the second Digital Culture survey - conducted by Nesta, as part of the Digital R&D programme.

The Art of Making the Case

Our Midlands Area Director, Peter Knott, tells us how we need to share our stories in order to keep making the case for public investment in arts and culture. 

I think we would all agree that we are working in a time of economic challenge, but opportunities, possibilities and above all a positive future remain obtainable.  These are extraordinary times and we need to find extraordinary solutions.

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A modern renaissance education


Our Deputy Chief Executive, Althea Efunshile, responds to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan’s speech to the Launch of your Life campaign (10 November 2014).

In the past, a well-rounded individual was someone knowledgeable about multiple areas of study, a person who was well versed in the arts, the humanities and the sciences. 

A blog from Alan Davey: The Devolution Opportunity

It is a generally accepted view among business leaders that cities and regions are drivers of economic growth more than nations and governments.

As Nigel Wilson, chief executive of Legal & General has observed: ‘The US doesn’t just have New York – San Francisco, LA, Boston and others are also premier league cities. In Germany, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich thrive alongside Berlin. We need the same in the UK.’

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