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Derry-Londonderry's reign as City of Culture 2013 to start with 'biggest-ever' fireworks display

31/12/2012

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31 December 2012

Tonight's spectacular firework display in Derry~Londonderry at 20:13 marks the start of the Northern Ireland city's year-long reign as the UK's City of Culture. It will be the largest firework display the city has ever staged and take place against the backdrop of St Columb's Park and the iconic Peace Bridge.

Norman Foster's 'modern classic' Sainsbury Centre is listed II* by Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey

24/12/2012

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24 December 2012

The multi award-winning Sainsbury Centre at the University of East Anglia became a Grade II* listed building today, following a decision by Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey.  The building, which opened in 1977, is by Norman Foster, one of Britain's most distinguished modern architects and houses the art collection of Lord and Lady Sainsbury.

Culture Minister defers export of last surviving wooden three-masted topsail schooner

20/12/2012

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20 December 2012

Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, has placed a temporary export bar on the last remaining three-masted topsail schooner, Kathleen and May. This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the schooner in the United Kingdom. 

Four treasures worth £29 million saved for the nation in 2011/12

18/12/2012

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18 December 2012

Four national treasures worth over £29 million in total were saved from leaving the country in the last year and purchased for public collections across the UK.

Government to consult on amount society lotteries give to good causes

18/12/2012

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18 December 2012

Research into the impact of Health Lottery on the National Lottery good causes published

Library profile reports published

18/12/2012

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18 December 2012

Library authorities across England will be able to compare the services they offer with similar councils, by using a comprehensive set of benchmarking reports commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and published today. 

Democratising Philanthropy – new report shows how digital technology can boost private giving to support arts and heritage organisations

14/12/2012

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14 December 2012

A new report on Digital Giving in the Arts, published today, sets out ten recommendations to show how digital technology can support fundraising and encourage philanthropy in the cultural sector.

Culture Minister defers export of an outstanding mid-sixteenth century south German marquetry table top

13/12/2012

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13 December 2012

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on an extremely rare mid-sixteenth century south German marquetry table top. This will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the table top in the United Kingdom. 

Rural broadband comes to North Yorkshire

13/12/2012

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13 December 2012

First Government-funded project goes live

Culture Minister defers export of an exceptional George II medal cabinet known as The Brand Cabinet

13/12/2012

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13 December 2012

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on a rare wall-mounted ivory cabinet. Known as The Brand Cabinet, it was made for Thomas Brand MP around 1750, and is a rare example of 18th century furniture, combining fine woods and ivories. This export bar will provide a last chance to raise the money to keep the cabinet in the United Kingdom. 

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