October 2019 news round-up

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

Culture and creative industries:

The National Academy for Social Prescribing was launched, aimed at encouraging the use of arts (and sports) therapies.

The Durham Commission, a collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England, published the results of its study of creativity and education.

The CBI launched a report on the country’s creative industries.

While the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre found big regional variations in creative industries employment/ productivity.


The government announced a new heritage preservation campaign, the most important, it claimed, for 40 years.

Historic England published its Heritage at Risk register for 2019.

AIM has published an updated assessment of the economic impact of independent museums.

Placemaking and urban regeneration:

The EU released its annual Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor.

The Urban Land Institute published a report looking at culture’s role in development schemes in London.

But the Centre for Cities poured cold water on the idea of cultural heritage as a driver of economic regeneration.


Finally, a Scottish Government study has explored the impact of Airbnb lets on different parts of Scotland.