Nov 2019 news round-up

Pier at Southwold Beach

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

Culture and creative industries: 

The World Health Organisation set out the evidence base for the links between arts and health.

UK Music published a report into the size of the music industry in the UK.

Creative United issued a report on the future of the contemporary art market.

Sara Selwood, who is stepping down as editor of Cultural Trends, gave an interesting interview to Arts Professional about the way the cultural sector has changed over the years.


The new-ish Policy and Evidence Centre for the creative industries looked at the use of immersive experiences in museums and heritage.

The Mapping Museums project at Birkbeck issued its first paper.


English Cathedrals saw visitor numbers rise by 1m this year, partly thanks to various cultural projects.

Urban regeneration and place-making:

The Carnegie Trust has written a report on ‘Turnaround Towns’ – nine UK towns trying to boost community wellbeing.

The New West End Company (a BID) summarised planned changes to Oxford St over the next few years.

The Architects’ Journal held its annual awards banquet. The full list of winners is available here. Fourth Street director Dan Anderson was one of the judges for this year’s ‘Best Masterplan’ category, which was deservedly won by Allies & Morrison for their York Central scheme.