March 2019 Round-up of news and reports

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This is our monthly round-up from our sectors of interest, for March 2019.

Culture and creative industries:

Greater Manchester published its first culture strategy.

While London produced a Cultural Infrastructure Plan and a supporting interactive map.

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee reported on the state of the live music industry.


The DCMS is carrying out a tailored review of Historic England, starting with a public consultation.

A Dutch museum is to repatriate colonial-era works it thinks were stolen.

That theme (repatriation) is discussed in an interesting-looking new podcast by the cultural commentator Tiffany Jenkins, called Behind the Scenes at the Museum. The first interview is with Tristram Hunt of the V&A.


ALVA released its latest annual dataset of visitor attraction numbers, showing growth of almost 9%.

The Scottish Government published a high-level summary of its recent consultation on tourist taxes.

Place-making and urban regeneration: 

The LGA launched a report on culture-led regeneration.

The British Chambers of Commerce and Legal & General explored ‘building the towns and cities of tomorrow’, with case studies of several British cities.

The Create Streets project published a big study looking at what makes a successful street or public square.

Fourth Street:   

In Fourth Street news, we were delighted to be commissioned by Exeter City Council to examine the feasibility of a new multi-purpose performance venue in the city.

Finally, our director, Dan Anderson, was one of those asked by the Architects’ Journal for an assessment of the Tulip, the controversial high-rise visitor attraction planned for the City of London, which has just received planning permission.

London’s Hidden Gems

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Responding to the Evening Standard’s call for ‘Hidden Gems’ in London, Dan Anderson polled the Fourth Street team to come up with their favourite London destinations that are ‘off the beaten path’. Read more