New Research: Government urged to support flagging British museums

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New survey shows 58% of Britons haven’t visited a museum in the past year
Government statistics confirm that museum visitor numbers were more than 10% down year-on-year in December 2015
Recent Museums Association report warned that a lack of funding is forcing many museums to charge an entrance fee or completely close down sections of their attraction
MD of leading museum audio, video and lighting specialist urges the government to increase cultural budgets

New research undertaken by audio, video and lighting specialists AVonics has shown that UK museums are losing their appeal.

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Small but perfectly formed: funky meets compact at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show

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Compact caravans with all modern comforts
British design and manufacturing
Meet Barefoot and Teardrop Caravans at the show

Visitors to The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, NEC Birmingham (23-28 Feb 2016) will be treated to stylish, modern caravans which are small in size, but big on comfort.

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KyddFest-1 : KYDD

KyddFest-1 : KYDD

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Over the coming months I’ll be celebrating the earlier titles in the Kydd Series, starting with the first book, Kydd. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book, either as a first-time reader or if you’re a re-reader and have read the book more than once! It’s very gratifying for an author to be told that his work has inspired people to go back an read it again. And some of you have told me you have done this more than twice! Either reply to this blog or email me Every respondent goes into the hat for a thank-you prize.

 

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Food foraging, stunning castles and natural wonders

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In 2016, Wales celebrates its Year of Adventure and everyone is invited!

What will be your adventure in Wales this year? Mountain-climbing, zip-wiring, conquering castles, trying new Welsh recipes, or celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth? Wales has three National Parks, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, over 600 castles, and 870-miles of Wales Coast Path – so there is plenty to do and explore. Rough Guides named Wales as one of the top ten countries to visit in 2016 and it’s not hard to see why.

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Lillehammer hosts second Winter Youth Olympics

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[Oslo: 08/02/16] SOPP, the innovative student accommodation development located in Lillehammer, is hosting athletes of the Winter Youth Olympic Games from 12 – 21 February 2016. This will be the second ever Winter Youth Games but also the second time since 1994 that Lillehammer has played host to the event. Distributed across four blocks, the 360 apartments have been home to those attending Lillehammer University College since September 2015, and have helped to meet the high demand for student accommodation in the area. Kebony has created a sustainable future for this accommodation and prospective students of Lillehammer.

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IWM Publishes New Book: Somewhere in England

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Somewhere in England
American Airmen in the Second World War

Published: March 2016
£14.99

IWM’s new photographic book Somewhere in England – published to coincide with the reopening of IWM Duxford’s American Air Museum * – reveals stunning portrait photographs, many of which have never been published before, giving a snapshot of life as an American Airman serving in Britain in the Second World War.

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Team USA – Vermont Scoops the Gold Medal at the International Snow Sculpture Championships 2016 in Breckenridge

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1 February 2016 – Team USA-Vermont has been crowned the winner of the 26th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships (ISSC) in Breckenridge, during a grand finale ceremony on Saturday 30 January, which saw the team scoop gold in front of hundreds of spectators.

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