Press release: A record year for culture in the Northern Powerhouse

first_img Twitter – – – It’s fantastic to see 2 museums in the Science Museum Group experiencing such positive growth in visitor figures. At the National Railway Museum this growth can be attributed to a renewed focus on customer service and the presentation of our museum spaces, the launch of popular new exhibitions and our smart new branding. As well as the history of the railways, we’re increasingly telling contemporary stories of innovation and engineering in collaboration with the current rail industry. We have also seen the benefits of working in partnership with other organisations across the city and beyond. We will continue to work hard to maintain this increase into next year, as we launch the next phase of our ambitious and exciting Vision 2025 master plan which we hope will transform the museum to deliver an even better visitor experience. Museums and galleries sponsored by the government in the Northern Powerhouse are enjoying a record year in 2018 with visitor numbers topping 5 million for the first time.Between April and October, there were 5,141,165 visitors across the 9 institutions in the Northern Powerhouse region – an increase of 912,468 (21.5%) on the same period last year.It’s also the highest number of visitors across these Northern museums and galleries in the Apr-Oct period since comparable records began in 2011-12.Five museums saw an increase in visitor numbers compared to the same period in 2017-18.National Museums Liverpool attracted a record-breaking 2,885,842 visitors between April and October, a 39% increase on the same period last year and their best April to October to date.Tate Liverpool saw visitor numbers up 14.6% to 480,271 – their best April to October for a decade.Imperial War Museum North in Salford welcomed 210,572 visitors, up 35% on April to October 2017-18 and the best for this period since 2014-15.More than 537,000 people visited The National Railway Museum in York, an increase of 11% on same period last year.The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester attracted 433,508 visitors, up 3.6% on the same period last year.The government is continuing negotiations of a proposed Tourism Sector Deal, to help attract more domestic and overseas visitors and drive major economic growth across the UK.And £15 million has been invested in cultural regeneration projects across the North to help showcase the region as a great place to live, work, visit and invest in – a key pillar of the government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy.Minister for the Northern Powerhouse Jake Berry MP, said: Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Michael Ellis MP said: Laura Pye, Director, National Museums Liverpool, said: If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. We opened China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors in a wonderful year of culture for Liverpool, which also saw another great Biennial and Tate Liverpool’s 30th birthday. Huge public events such as The Giants have celebrated 10 years since we were the Capital of Culture. We’re so proud to be part of the fabric of Liverpool’s rich culture and to have delivered the Terracotta Warriors exhibition for our visitors this year. Congratulations to our colleagues across the city on coming together to deliver a fantastic year-round offer and keeping us at the top of the UK’s cultural calendar. Email [email protected]center_img Further informationStatistics on the number of visits to government sponsored museums and galleries are published every month.The National Railway Museum in York and The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester are both part of the Science Museum Group. Contact form https://forms.communit… Our museums and galleries are world famous for their outstanding collections and are visited by millions every year. From the Terracotta Warriors in Liverpool, the Poppies at IWM North and Stephenson’s Rocket at the National Railway Museum, our Northern museums have had an excellent year, which I hope they will build on in 2019. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Social media – MHCLG This is more good news for the culture of the North coming on the heels of the Rochdale bells being broadcast to the nation by the BBC on Christmas Eve. I congratulate the world-class museums and galleries of the Northern Powerhouse for attracting so many visitors with their outstanding exhibitions in 2018. This government continues to support culture across the North through the Coastal Revival Fund which has provided £4.7 million to revive more than 100 heritage sites around the country and by investing £8 million in new venues for Blackpool and Bradford. As we look forward to 2019, I’d encourage more people to join the 5 million who have already seen why the North’s rich art, culture and heritage is at the heart of the UK’s history and its future. Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport figures show that between April and October 2018 there were 912,468 (21.5%) more visitors across the 9 venues compared to the same period last year. It is the highest number of visitors across these museums and galleries in the April to October period since comparable records began in 2011-12. National Museums Liverpool attracted 2,885,842 visitors between April and October, a 39% increase on the same period last year and their best Apr-Oct on record. Media enquiries Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum (part of the Science Museum Group), said:last_img read more

Ars Nova & The Great Comet Producers Reach Settlement

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has avoided collision. Following a billing dispute that led Ars Nova to pursue a lawsuit against the show’s commercial producers, the two announced on November 2 that they have reached a settlement.“Ars Nova and the producers of The Great Comet deeply regret that a contractual dispute became public, and are pleased to share that the matter has now been resolved, privately, and will continue to achieve success for The Great Comet on Broadway,” the joint statement read.The clash began when Playbills for the musical’s Broadway premiere failed to precede the title with “The Ars Nova production of…” on the title page, as the two parties had reportedly agreed upon in a 2012 legal document. Instead, the non-profit off-Broadway company, where the show originated in 2012, was included in the list of producers above the title and had a creative credit in small print at the bottom of the page.This contract violation led to a lawsuit from Ars Nova against producer Howard Kagan. This resulted in Kagan barring members of Ars Nova from attending the first preview performance and threatening to schedule the cast recording on the day of the off-Broadway company’s annual gala, limiting the performers’ availability.On October 31, Kagan and two other lead producers—his wife Janet and Paula Marie Black—released a statement agreeing to Ars Nova’s terms, provided the company drops the legal claims.The Great Comet, starring Josh Groban and Denée Benton in their Broadway debuts, is still set to open officially on November 14 at the Imperial Theatre. View Commentscenter_img Denée Benton in ‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812′(Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva) Related Showslast_img read more

Rain checks Ireland progress

first_imgIreland were frustrated by the rain on the second day of their Intercontinental Cup tie with Scotland but not before Paul Stirling reached his half-century to consolidate the hosts’ commanding position in Dublin. Ireland finished the second day on 99 for one – 39 runs behind the Scots with nine wickets remaining – but only 21 overs were played because of the rain at Clontarf. Ireland resumed on 35 without loss after batting for six overs on Wednesday, and Iain Wardlaw took the first wicket in the 13th over when he trapped Ireland captain William Porterfield leg before wicket for 30. Wardlaw also bowled four maiden overs but Stirling had struck his 50th run from 73 balls, a total which included eight fours, just before rain forced a premature stop early in the day. He was assisted by John Anderson, who will resume on Friday on 17 not out. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more