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The Legacy of Jennie Lee

Our Acting Chief Executive, Althea Efunshile, gives her response to the 50th anniversary of Jennie Lee's white paper on arts funding.

Fleeting Moments. Credit: Simon Richardson

Althea Efunshile on 24 Feb 2015

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.

Brian Ashley on 6 Feb 2015

What future for local authority museums?

John Orna-Ornstein, our Director of Museums, blogs about the future of local authority funded museums. 

John Orna-Ornstein on 26 Jan 2015

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.

Richard Russell on 12 Jan 2015

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. 

Alan Davey on 19 Dec 2014

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.

Paul Glinkowski on 2 Dec 2014

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.

Peter Knott on 25 Nov 2014

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. 

Althea Efunshile on 14 Nov 2014

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.’

Alan Davey on 9 Oct 2014

Reasons not to work in a museum

The dinner table conversation at my house last week revolved around the difficult environment facing museums at the moment. My family were asking me the question:

‘Why would anyone choose to work in a museum?’

John Orna-Ornstein on 6 Oct 2014

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