August 2019 news round-up

Picture of a castle

This month’s round-up of news from our sectors of interest:

Culture and creative industries:

The DCMS released the latest set of economic estimates for trade for its sectors of responsibility.

It also released data on who gets the various tax reliefs available for creative activity – film and TV dominate.

The British Council commissioned interviews with several video games developers across the UK for insights into their business.


Historic England published a new edition of its Research magazine, this one focused on seaside heritage and tourism.

The national museums reported on their partnerships work.

Placemaking and urban regeneration:

Arts Council England produced a report that looked at the role of arts and culture in place-shaping in six towns and cities.

The Government announced another 50 high streets were to qualify for the second stage of the Future High Streets Fund, which has been expanded to £1bn in total.


Visit England published its annual visitor attractions survey – Tate Modern led the way.

The Irish Tourism Council issued a report looking at ways to improve the competitiveness of Irish tourism.

The Visitor Experience Forum released a set of benchmarking statistics for attractions.

Fourth Street:

Finally, in Fourth Street news, we are delighted to be part of the team led by Ian Ritchie Architects that has won the Cyfarthfa Castle development plan project in Merthyr Tydfil.