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Call for papers: South West Fed Conference 2019 - 'Inspiring Audiences Home and Away’

The SWFed requests proposals for the 2019 conference to be held at the University of Exeter’s campus at Penryn in Cornwall on 4 & 5 July. The conference theme for 2019 is ‘Inspiring Audiences Home and Away’.

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Somerset Rural Life Museum wins awards

The successful redevelopment of Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury has been recognised with two awards. The Museum re-opened in June 2017 following extensive redevelopment led by the South West Heritage Trust.

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Take a look at The Museums Map - an interactive map of the accredited museums

The Museums Map is an interactive map of the 1304 museums accredited under Arts Council England's scheme...

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The Museum of Somerset puts 1505 portrait of King Henry VII on display

The Museum of Somerset has announced that it is bringing an artwork of outstanding national significance to the county this autumn. Working with the National Portrait Gallery in London, the museum will display a 1505 portrait of King Henry VII.

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Digital Exhibition touring West of England to help Know Your Place

Have you ever wondered what makes a place the way it is now? Or wished you could travel back in time and discover how an area has changed? KYPexplore is a cutting-edge digital exhibition which will tour across the West of England giving an insight int...

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HLF report shows overseas visitors to heritage are driving the UK’s tourism economy

Today's report from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) reveals overseas visitors to heritage are driving the UK’s tourism economy. Overseas visitor spend on heritage trips totalled £7.4billion in 2015 - 42% of the total £17.5bn spend made by visitors to h...

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AMA invites Museum Directors and CEOs to apply for Future Proof Museums

The AMA has opened applications for its intensive strategic change programme for museums. Future Proof Museums is an intensive development programme proven to facilitate transformational change and significantly improve the resilience of museums across...

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Kids in Museums: Get involved with Takeover Day on 18 November

Earlier in the year, it was evident that cultural and heritage organisations in the South West learnt a lot from young people as they took over their Twitter feeds for Teen Twitter Takeover. They brightened up many feeds by running live interactive games,...

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Two south west projects shortlisted for Historic England Angel Awards

The Richard Jefferies Museum Trust and Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust have both been shortlisted for the best community action project in the 2016 Historic England Angel Awards. This is fantastic news for the south west and is the result of the hard wor...

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The National Archives to host Twitter Q&A on the Future Vision for Archives - Monday 15 August

The Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives, Jeff James (@jeffddjames), and Director of Research and Collections, Val Johnson (@VJJohnson1), will be taking to Twitter to answer questions on the future of archives, on Monday 15th August, at 13:...

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