June 2019 news round-up

Photo of a waterfront at Legoland

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

Culture and creative industries:

Arts Council England unveiled its new 10-year strategy, which now goes out to consultation.

The latest round of Taking Part statistics was published by the government.

Reassuringly, a new academic paper developed in conjunction with the Audience Agency suggested actual ticket sales data broadly reflects the participation trends seen in surveys like Active Lives and Taking Part.

The British Library looked at the options for digital transformations in libraries.


The National Trust published a report looking at the trends and challenges in urban heritage.

The NLHF announced a new version of its major grants programme – the Heritage Horizon awards. It will give out £100m over the next three years.


The government announced the sector deal for tourism.

Merlin Entertainment is to be bought by the family that owns Lego.

Place-making and urban regeneration: 

The ONS released its first attempt at mapping data for high streets.

The Mayor of London launched a scheme to support the first Night Time Enterprise Zone pilot.

A new website, Placemaking Europe, was launched.

Fourth Street news:

A piece our director, Dan Anderson, wrote for a new magazine, The Developer, was published online. In it, Dan argues that good place-making is focused on locals not visitors – getting people to cross the street, not to cross the city.

Incidentally, The Developer is holding its first big conference shortly – the Festival of Place. We hope to see some of you there!