Jan 2020 news round-up

Our monthly round-up of news and reports from our sectors of interest.

Culture and creative industries:

Arts Council England has released its new ten-year strategy: ‘Let’s Create’.

Creative and Cultural Skills produced demographic data on creative sector workers (looking at 2018 data), its first such data for seven years.

Thinking Practice (a consultancy) reported on ‘leadership in creative communities’, drawing on the Arts Council’s Creative People and Places programme.

A new organisation, Creative Wales, was officially launched.


Historic England has released its Heritage Counts reports for 2019 (like the Arts Council strategy, they were delayed by last year’s general election). There were two: ‘Heritage and Economy’ and ‘Heritage and Society’.

The Theatres Trust issued its annual Theatres at Risk register.

The Museums at Night programme is to close.

A new NLHF evidence review examined the benefits of parks and green spaces.

Urban regeneration and place-making:

The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission’s final report was published.

Treorchy in south Wales won the GB High Street of the year award.

Finally, the Welsh Government announced its own ‘transforming towns’ programme, worth £90m.