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Partners

We work closely with an exciting range of regional, national and international partners to develop placements, specialist training and collaborative projects.

If your organisation is interested in collaborating with Midlands4Cities please contact us. You might find helpful our tailored guidance providing practical answers to ‘10 questions about partner-university engagement’.

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The National Holocaust Centre & Museum

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum promotes an understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice, and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society.

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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is a charity dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring wildlife and wild places in Yorkshire

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Whitechapel Gallery

London

For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Paul Noble, Thomas Struth, Sarah Lucas and Mark Wallinger.

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Warwick Arts Centre

Coventry

Warwick Arts Centre is a multi-venue arts complex at the University of Warwick.. It attracts around 300,000 visitors a year to over 3,000 individual events embracing contemporary and classical music, drama, dance, comedy, films and visual art.

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Writing West Midlands

Birmingham

Writing West Midlands is the literature development agency for the West Midlands, supporting creative writers and creative writing. It offers support to help writers establish their writing careers.

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One Thorsby Street

Nottingham

Affordable fine art and applied arts studio provision, exhibition and event venue, workshops, bespoke creative fabrication services

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Vivid Projects

Birmingham

Vivid Projects is a non-profit company supporting media arts practice. Founded in 2012 and based in Birmingham, we encourage innovation, risk and experimentation in artistic practice.

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Tate

Tate holds four major sites (Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St. Ives) and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks.

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Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society is Britain’s oldest surviving provincial learned society. It’s purpose has been: ‘To promote and foster among the public knowledge, appreciation and the study of …’ what we now call the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.

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Soul City Arts

Birmingham

Soul City Arts is an arts organization with a global reach. Based in Birmingham, UK founded by Mohammed Ali Aerosol.

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Small Woods

Small Woods is the national organisation for woodland owners, workers and supporters. We stand for living sustainable woods: alive with wildlife, people and work.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

Creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shares it around the world. They perform Shakespeare’s plays, as well as works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and plays by today’s writers.

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Roundhouse

Birmingham

A new and developing partnership between the Canal and River Trust and the National Trust. Nineteenth century canal-side stables and stores in Birmingham city centre being transformed into a hub from which to explore the city by foot, bike or boat.

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Red Earth Theatre

Red Earth makes theatre that opens doors to new understandings shared across communities, cultures and generations. They are developing techniques for accessible storytelling working in British Sign Language (BSL), Sign Supported English (SSE) and English

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Punkt Festival -International

Punkt is a music festival in Kristiansand, Norway. The festival concept is centred around the concept Live Remix.

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Primary

Nottingham

Primary creates an open environment for artistic research and production through the provision of studio and workshop spaces, and an innovative public programme.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is run by the British Museum and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales to encourage the recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

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Photovoice

London

Photovoice is a qualitative method used in community-based participatory research to document and reflect reality

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Oxford Lieder

The Oxford Lieder’s mission is to re-establish an appreciation of song; the meeting of words, music, languages and artistry that can be so powerful. They promote performances, education events and run the annual Oxford Lieder Festival

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Nottingham Black Archive

Nottingham

Nottingham Black Archive is dedicated to researching, collecting and preserving black history, heritage and culture in Nottingham, from the earliest time to the present day.

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Newgen Publishing

Newgen Publishing UK is a publishing services company offering a comprehensive project management service for academic, reference and education publishers.

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New Art Exchange

Nottingham

Contemporary arts space - stimulating new perspectives on the value of diversity in art & society.

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Natural History Museum-Tring

Lionel Walter Rothschild’s private collection formed the foundation of the Museum at Tring. The Museum looks after one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, as well as the ornithological library with 75,000 works.

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Natural History Museum-Tring

Lionel Walter Rothschild’s private collection formed the foundation of the Museum at Tring. The Museum looks after one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, as well as the ornithological library with 75,000 works.

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National Trust

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, commonly known simply as the National Trust, is an independent charity and membership organisation for environmental and heritage conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Science Museum Group

The Science Museum Group holds a collection of objects and library, photographic and archive material relating to science, technology, medicine, transport, media and industry. Each museum in the Group specialises in an area of the collection.

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National Justice Museum

Nottingham

At the National Justice Museum we inspire people of all ages to become active citizens. We do this through fun and engaging activities, exhibitions and educational programmes relating to law and justice.

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Paralympic Heritage Trust

The National Paralympic Heritage Trust was established in July 2015 to protect and share British Paralympic Heritage.

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National Civil War Museum

Museum dedicated to the 17th-century Civil Wars featuring diverse exhibits & living history events.

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National Army Museum

The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present.

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Museum of London

London

The Museum of London documents the history of the UK's capital city from prehistoric to modern times.

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Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (​​MACBA)

The MACBA aims to encourage enjoyment and interest in art and contemporary culture through a transformative impact and aspiration among individuals and society.

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Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village is an art gallery in the village of Compton, near Guildford in Surrey. It is dedicated to the work of the Victorian-era painter and sculptor George Frederic Watts.

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Media Archive for Central England (MACE)

London

MACE is recognised as the specialist public film archive for the East and West Midlands. Our aim is to make film, video and digital materials of the region as accessible as possible.

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Lakeside Arts

Nottingham

Lakeside Arts is the University of Nottingham’s public arts programme. People of all ages and abilities engage annually with Lakeside’s cultural programme – enriching the lives Nottingham and Nottinghamshire communities.

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Ikon Gallery

Birmingham

Ikon is an internationally acclaimed art gallery situated in central Birmingham. It is an educational charity and works to encourage public engagement with contemporary art through exhibiting new work in a context of debate and participation.

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Horniman Museum & Gardens

London

The Horniman connects us with global cultures and the natural environment, encouraging us to shape a positive future for the world we all share. They work with specialist and talented artists and academics, who create work in response to the collections.

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Holburn Museum

The city's first public art gallery, the Grade I listed building, is home to fine and decorative arts built around the collection of Sir William Holburne

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Historians on Teaching

This website features historians talking about their lives as university teachers. Together their stories provide valuable insights to assist individuals, departments and the discipline community enhance the practice.

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Hay Festival

Hay brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in live sustainable events around the world, from the beaches of Cartagena de Indias to the cities of Beirut and Mumbai, reaching more than five million people across five continents.

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Friction Arts

Birmingham

Friction exist to create cultural and social change through the arts. Art, Markets, Music, Events, Young People, Older People, People, Climate Change, Social Justice, Social Change.

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The Foundling Museum

London

The Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, London tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first home for children at risk of abandonment.

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Danford Collection

Birmingham

The Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts celebrates and showcases the extensive array of cultural traditions and artistic expression from the countries in West Africa. It is one of the finest collections of its kind in Europe.

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Creswell Crags Museum and Heritage Centre

Archaeological museum in a limestone gorge, caves and fissures, with prehistoric tools and art.

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Cinema Museum

London

The Cinema Museum welcomes many academics, journalists, historians and archivists, for research both independent and under the umbrella of academic institutes, and for collaborative projects.

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Chisenhale Dance Space

London

Chisenhale Dance Space is a British, member-led charitable organisation based in east London. It provides rehearsal and performance space for independent dancers.

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CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands)

CHERISH aims to raise awareness and understanding of the past, present and near future impacts of climate change, storminess and extreme weather events on the rich cultural heritage of the Irish and Welsh regional seas and coast

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ChalleNGE Partnership

Nottingham

Their mission is to facilitate, support and co-curate collaborations and partnerships that ensure more and different children and young people in Nottingham engage with relevant, inspiring and accessible cultural experiences

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Candoco Dance Company

London

Bridging the mainstream and the experimental, Candoco’s approach and powerful collaborations create distinctive performances and far-reaching learning experiences. Their approach has put them at the forefront of conversation around dance and disability

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Bucks County Musuem Trust

Local cultural heritage venue with regional archaeological artefacts, plus a section on Roald Dahl.

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British Library

London

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world by number of items catalogued.

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Black Country Living Museum

Birmingham

Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning open air museum that tells the story of one of the very first industrialised landscapes in Britain

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Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham

Aims to be one of the world’s best classical ballet companies, respected for its excellence, artistic innovation and social responsibility, that connects with its audiences and communities in Birmingham, throughout the UK and across the world.

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Beetfreeks

Birmingham

Beatfreeks is a growing community of young creatives. They work to connect them to businesses, governments and funders to get them to influence how the world works. They aim to get young people their share of power.

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Big Cat

Birmingham

Big Cat is a multidisciplinary creative agency, focussed on making ambitious* work for our 'Big Five' sectors – hospitality, leisure, retail, public service and not-for-profit

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BACKLIT Gallery

Nottingham

BACKLIT is an independent contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Nottingham. It provides affordable studio spaces for contemporary artists, supporting early career graduates and emerging artists.

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Arkwright Society and Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Arkwright Society and Cromford Mills

Nottingham

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The After Shakespeare Collaboration

London

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Heritage and Culture Warwickshire

Coventry

Heritage & Culture Warwickshire, part of Warwickshire County Council, provide a range of services that help local communities, schools and visitors connect and engage with their local heritage.

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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

Coventry

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is the perfect place to delve into Coventry’s history and engage with art and culture.

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Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall

Nottingham

The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham is a large scale touring venue presenting a wide range of professional performances, encompassing drama, dance, musicals and children's shows

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Herefordshire Archive Service

Coventry

We hold approximately 8,000 archive collections, occupying over two miles of shelving. Our archives date back to the twelfth century, and can help you research almost any aspect of Herefordshire's past

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Jesuits in Britain Archives

London

The Jesuits in Britain Archives are the principle place of deposit for the records of the British Province of the Society of Jesus, which incorporates England, Wales and Scotland and the Guyana Region.

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The Brilliant Club

Birmingham

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity which offers doctoral researchers paid, meaningful teaching opportunities in schools. We aim to support more pupils from under-represented backgrounds to apply to highly-selective universities

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National Video Game Museum

Nottingham

Our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret videogames for everyone.

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Imperial War Museum

London

The 5 museums showcase experiences of modern conflict. Some of those experiences paint a picture of everyday life in wartime, others give us a glimpse of something exceptional and help us to explore the causes of war and its impact on people’s lives

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Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Nottingham

UNESCO City of Literature is dedicated to building a better world with words. They are using the power of words to transform lives, create new opportunities and establish Nottingham as a leading destination for lovers of literature worldwide

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Migration Museum -Adelaide, Australia

The History Trust of South Australia's mission is to document, share, and critically engage with the diverse stories of South Australians Australians and the contributions they have made to the shaping of the State, its history, present and future.

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Sampad

Birmingham

Sampad's mission is to connect people and communities with British Asian arts and heritage and to play a pro-active role in the creative economy.

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The National Archives

London

The National Archives are the official archive of the UK government. Their vision is to lead and transform information management, guarantee the survival of today's information for tomorrow and bring history to life for everyone.

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The Crafts Council

London

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary craft and aims to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.

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Leicester Curve

Leicester

Curve is one of the most popular and unique theatres in Leicester. The building was opened on 4th December 2008 by HRH The Queen.

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The National Videogame Foundation

The National Videogame Foundation exists to celebrate, preserve and interpret videogames for everyone.

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Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council supports a wide range of arts opportunities for local people. DCC aims to enable everyone who lives in, works in or visits Derbyshire to take part in culture and the arts, from dance and film to writing and live performance.

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Creative Leicestershire

Leicester

Creative Leicestershire supports small arts, design and media businesses in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

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The British Museum

London

The British Museum is a museum of the world, for the world and has discovered over two million years of human history and culture including some world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone.

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Phoenix

Leicester

Set in the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter, Phoenix is an independent cinema, digital arts centre and cafe bar. A charitable organisation, Phoenix aims to bring inspirational film and art to all.

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British Film Institute

London

Founded in 1933, the BFI combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX.

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Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham

Birmingham Museums Trust has extraordinary venues that provide a fascinating glimpse into Birmingham's rich and vibrant past and showcase world class museum collections.

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National Theatre

London

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world class theatre that’s entertaining, challenging and inspiring – and to make it for everyone.

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British School at Rome

The British School at Rome is an interdisciplinary research centre supporting the arts, humanities and architecture.

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Serendipity

Leicester

Serendipity is a diversity-led charity with the specific aim of working in partnership with mainstream organisations to foster quality, culturally diverse work.

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Boots Archives

Nottingham

Boots Archives was established in the mid-1990s to develop, extend and promote the heritage collection of Boots UK.

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Broadway Media Centre

Nottingham

Broadway Media Centre is an independent cinema showcasing the best international films, host of Nottingham's finest digital art and home to the chilled out Mezz Bar.

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Victoria and Albert Museum

London

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design. Our mission is to enrich people's lives and inspire individuals and everyone in the creative industries, through the promotion of knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

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Warwick Arts Centre

Coventry

One of the largest multi-art form venues in the UK Warwick Arts Centre delivers a high quality, engaging, diverse programme of cinema, performing and visual arts.

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Vivid Projects

Birmingham

Vivid Projects is a collaborative space supporting media arts practice. Based in Birmingham, we encourage innovation, risk and experimentation in artistic practice and work with artists and producers across disciplines.

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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Stratford upon Avon

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was formed in 1847 following the purchase of Shakespeare’s Birthplace as a national memorial.

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Royal Shakespeare Company

UK

Our mission is to make the finest theatre productions of Shakespeare's plays, as well as other plays written when Shakespeare was alive or soon after and plays being written right now.

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Royal Literary Fund

The Royal Literary Fund is a UK charity that has been helping authors since 1790. It provides grants and pensions to writers in financial difficulty; it also places writers in universities to help students develop their writing.

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Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham

Nottingham Playhouse puts on a wide variety of drama, music, dance, comedy and of course, the legendary Nottingham Playhouse pantomime.

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Nottingham Museums and Galleries

Nottingham

Nottingham's City Museum services is responsible for a wide portfolio of museums, galleries, parklands and attractions including Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Wollaton Hall and Park, and Newstead Abbey.

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Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham

Nottingham Contemporary is built on one of Nottingham’s most historic sites and is one of the largest contemporary arts centres in the UK, with a total floor area of 30,000sq metres.

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National Trust

Founded in 1895 the National Trust works to protect the nation’s heritage and open spaces for everyone to enjoy.

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National Holocaust Centre and Museum

UK

The National Holocaust Centre and Museum promotes an understanding of the roots of discrimination and prejudice, and the development of ethical values, leading to a greater understanding within society.

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National Archives

The National Archives are the official archive of the UK government. Their vision is to lead and transform information management, guarantee the survival of today's information for tomorrow and bring history to life for everyone.

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Leicester Arts and Museums Service

Leicester

Leicester’s Arts and Museums Services offers experience in arts, festivals and venue management, museums, galleries, and heritage interpretation, in one of the UK’s most historic and diverse cities.

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Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice aims to inspire and empower people to take action for social justice through learning about human rights movements. We are a voluntary organisation with supporters all over the UK.

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Historic England

York

Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage) forms the strategic and regulatory non-departmental public body that advises Government on the protection and enjoyment of the historic environment in England.

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Duncan McCauley

Berlin

Duncan McCauley specialises in museum planning and interpretative design. Based in Berlin the interdisciplinary design studio works on projects including exhibitions and feasibility studies for museum and heritage sites.

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Derby Museums

Derby Museums is an independent charitable trust with responsibility for development & management of the city’s collections and three museums, The Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and Derby Silk Mill.

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Culture Coventry

Coventry

Culture Coventry is the trust that manages three of Coventry’s finest visitor attractions: Coventry Transport Museum; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum; Lunt Roman Fort.

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Crafts Council

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for contemporary craft and aims to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.

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Brilliant Club

Birmingham, London

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities, by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools.

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Bird & Gorton

A cultural consultancy specialising in city and sector-wide strategy and programme development, leadership experience design and user research