Introduction Over the weekend (October 2020), the British government announced another national lockdown, to last a minimum of four weeks, requiring all but essential service businesses to close. This wasn’t a surprise, with infection rates rising daily, but everyone in the country hoped it could be avoided. By Thursday, 5 November, bars, restaurants, gyms, cinemas…

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Introduction Last month, I participated in “Defining the New Normal”, an Arts Summit looking at the challenges faced by those in the arts, culture and heritage industries, with an emphasis on finding funding, especially post-Covid. Speakers and panellists were international experts, and sessions ran throughout the day, and the event was jointly hosted by the…

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Introduction What we can learn from the Defining The New Normal arts summit   What you’ll hear 1:50: Why did I attend? 2:45: Digital technology 5:40: Donors and influencers 7:43: Transparency, value & unique story 10:01: Accessibility and inclusion 12:48: Being flexible and responding to change Prefer to read instead? Click here for a transcript…

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Introduction An interview with Tiana Wilson-Buys, productivity expert and history afficianado   What you’ll hear 1:08: About Tiana 2:20: Understanding history and learning its lessons 9:01: Common misunderstandings and misconceptions 15:25: Attracting visitors to heritage sites in a Covid-influenced world 23:52: Visiting historical characters Tiana’s Historiette blog can be found by clicking here. You can…

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My fifth year of business is once again being marked here in rural Brittany, France, where I’ve been with my family since March. I’m pleased with how Gudrun Lauret Copywriting is doing, but as always, I feel I could do better. Of course, while I intend to review how things have changed for me in…

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  Initially I was going to focus on one specific item from the commanding officer’s quarters – his desk – but there are so many amazing things on display that I thought I’d give an overview of the most luxurious part of the Arbeia barracks. There isn’t a specific ‘Visit North East’ blog to accompany…

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Introduction As a small business myself, I know how hard the next couple of months are going to be. Many of my friends and clients are also running smaller companies, and lockdowns could have serious ramifications for us, and we won’t know for some time what that will look like. At the same time, we…

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Introduction The coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe is unprecedented in modern times. We are still waiting to see how it develops and the response and solutions from governments, but in the meantime businesses around the world are closed. For heritage organisations, often one of the main draws for tourists to a new city or country,…

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