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13 Aug 2019

Rising curatorial talents win Art Fund financing to build museum collections

The UK's Art Fund has announced the latest winners of its New Collecting Awards, chosen to help rising star curators to build collections for their museums. [more...]

13 Aug 2019

Helter-skelter ride installed inside Norwich Cathedral

A 55-ft (16.8m) helter-skelter ride set up in the nave of Norwich Cathedral in England, will give visitors a new perspective on the historic building, say cathedral bosses. [more...]

08 Aug 2019

New Euromonitor report envisions entertainment venue of the future

Entertainment venues need to undergo technological and design upgrades to prepare them for the experience-seeking consumer of 2040, according to research by Euromonitor International. [more...]

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Tintagel Castle bridge restores 500-year-old connection as £5m heritage project opens to the public

A £5m (US$6m, €5.4m) programme of improvements by English Heritage at Cornish tourist attraction Tintagel Castle has reached a milestone, with the opening of a footbridge that joins the two halves of the castle for the first time in more than 500 years. [more...]

Great Wolf expanding overseas as operator plans £200m waterpark for Oxfordshire, UK

US waterpark operator Great Wolf Resorts has announced plans to open its first venture overseas, with the Great Wolf Lodge coming to Oxfordshire, UK, in 2022. [more...]

Six-year-old 'critical but stable' after being thrown from Tate Modern viewing platform

A six-year-old boy is in a critical but stable condition following an incident where he was "thrown" from the 10th floor of London's Tate Modern art gallery. [more...]

Six month figures show Merlin divisions returning to growth

Theme park operator Merlin Entertainments has announced half-yearly results up to the end of June 2019, showing a return to growth for its Midway Attractions and Resort Theme Parks divisions, and revenue growth of 6.5 per cent compared to the first half of 2018 across the company. [more...]

Innovation in UK's cultural heritage creating 'exceptional outcomes'

Fifteen recommendations for improvement, covering areas such as funding, human resources and knowledge exchange, have been identified in a new report by the UK's National Commission for UNESCO, assessing the UK's performance in the cultural heritage sector. [more...]

National Space Centre begins work on 'reality lab' to attract new audiences

The UK's National Space Centre (NSC) in Leicester is building a new laboratory for the creation of virtual, augmented and mixed reality media, which it says will extend its capacity to deliver community engagement and attract new audiences. [more...]

In brief:

Leisure spending remains robust despite Brexit worries @Deloitte #Brexit #Leisure [more...]
Whey Aye: Europe's tallest observation wheel approved for Newcastle Quayside @NewcastleCC #WheyAye [more...]
£10m aquarium development expected to be major tourist draw for Belfast @ReefLive @turleyplanning [more...]
The Aldin Biomes will be a dramatic new attraction for Reykjavik, Iceland @WilkinsonEyre [more...]
British government to investigate impact of tourism on the environment [more...]
Social media experimentation key to online success, says man who caught Elon Musk's eye with world-famous 'Absolute Unit' @TheMERL @AdamKoszary @elonmusk [more...]
Science and Industry Museum repairs go ahead with government backing @sim_manchester [more...]
First plans for London's Horniman Museum redevelopment are unveiled @HornimanMuseum @StudioEgretWest [more...]
Microsoft adds cultural heritage to artificial intelligence programme @Microsoft [more...]
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