May 2019 news round-up

This is our monthly round-up of news and reports from our sectors of interest, this time for May.

Culture and creative industries:

The Creative Industries Federation and the Arts Council made the case for public investment in the arts.

The arts data company Spektrix released its 2019 Insights report.

The DCMS House of Commons Committee reported on the social impact of participating in culture and sport.


An academic project called Mapping Museums believes that over 200 museums have closed since 2010.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund released its first open datasets in what it promises is a new commitment to open data.


The University of Westminster launched ‘Destination London’, a new collection of essays by tourism academics. As it is open access, there is a free-to-download PDF as well.

Aecom and the Themed Entertainment Association have released a study of global visits to theme parks and attractions – over 500m last year, apparently.

Place-making and urban regeneration:

An American study suggested there was a positive link between urban beauty and economic growth.

The BBC’s ‘You and Yours’ reported on research into the ownership of Britain’s high streets – an increasing proportion of property is foreign-owned.

MHCLG (the Communities and Local Government department) issued its response to its Select Committee’s High Streets in 2030 report.

Fourth Street:

Finally, we were delighted to be chosen to be part of the team to create a new masterplan for National Museums Liverpool’s waterfront holdings in the city – a key part of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site.