Department for Culture Media and Sport

archive 2010


'And in the end...' the Abbey Road zebra crossing is 'listed' by Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose


22 December 2010

The zebra crossing near the Abbey Road Studios in London, made famous all round the world after it appeared on the cover of The Beatles album of the same name, has been listed Grade II by John Penrose, Minister for Tourism and Heritage.  Following expert advice from English Heritage, the crossing becomes the first of its kind ever to be listed, reflecting its cultural and historical importance.  The Abbey Road studios themselves were listed in February.

BBC Trust Member for Scotland appointed


16 December 2010

Bill Matthews has been appointed the BBC Trust Member for Scotland, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. The appointment is for four years commencing on 1 January 2011.

New lead non-executive appointed to DCMS board


16 December 2010

David Verey has been appointed by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, as the lead non-executive director on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) board.

Public to enjoy £10m worth of treasures saved from export


16 December 2010

National treasures worth just over £10 million, including rare Thomas Hardy typescripts, a set of historical watercolours of the 1839 Eglinton Tournament, a Welsh landscape by William Dyce and the archives of political radical Thomas Walker have been saved from export in the last year and will remain in public collections across the UK.

Culture Secretary announces action plan to boost philanthropy


8 December 2010

An £80 million fund is at the heart of a new Government drive to boost private giving to arts organisations and create a new generation of philanthropists, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.

Lottery funding for voluntary and community sector protected


7 December 2010

Projects that benefit local communities and the voluntary sector in England have received a boost, after a new policy direction was issued by Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose to the Big Lottery Fund today.

Next phase of superfast broadband plans announced


6 December 2010

A 'digital hub' in every community to boost economic growth

An ambition to deliver a 'digital hub' in every community in the country is at the heart of  the Government's £830 million strategy to make sure the UK has the best broadband network in Europe by 2015.

Public, political and diplomatic figures select works from the Government Art Collection for Whitechapel Gallery exhibition


3 December 2010

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron, Lord Mandelson and the British Ambassador to Moscow are among the high profile figures to select work for the first ever public exhibition of the Government Art Collection, opening at the Whitechapel Gallery on 3 June 2011.

Next step in finding new UK World Heritage sites announced


30 November 2010

The expert panel who will decide which sites go forward to be considered for nomination for World Heritage Status was today announced by Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose.

Putting film in the spotlight


29 November 2010

Plans to create a more sustainable future for the British film industry were announced today by Minister for Culture and the Creative Industries Ed Vaizey.