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Contributors at 'Cultural Cities: the recovery' - the Weston Library, Oxford

Interior of the Weston Library / Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (courtesy Wilkinson Eyre)

10 September 12 noon to 1.15 pm

At the Weston Library / Bodleian Libraries, Oxford (and via Zoom)

At our ‘Cultural Cities: the recovery’ forum on 10th September, we will be discussing how well government support for the cultural sector has worked during the pandemic. The future relationship between libraries, cities and communities will also be debated, as well as the role culture needs to play in sustaining successful high streets across the UK. The panellists will also share innovations in cultural programming for museums, theatre, festivals and performance venues.


Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) - Lord Mendoza, Commissioner for Cultural Recovery

Libraries and cities

Bodleian Libraries – Richard Ovenden, Chief Librarian and Head of Bodleian Libraries

Warrington Borough Council – Professor Steve Broomhead, Chief Executive (former Chair, Libraries Task Force)

The British Library – Jamie Andrews, Head of Cultural & Learning Programmes

Wright & Wright Architects – Stephen Smith, Partner

Leeds City Council – Cllr Jonathan Pryor – Cabinet Lead for Culture & Economy

Culture and the High Street

Oxford City Council – Cllr Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Lead for Culture, Leisure & Tourism

Land Securities – Brendan Hattam, Westgate Oxford Centre Director

MICA Architects – Stuart Cade, Director

Historic England – Ellen Harrison, Head of Public Programming / High Streets HAZ programme

Museums, theatres and festivals

Ashmolean Museum – Xa Sturgis, Director

Grimshaw – Kirsten Lees, Managing Partner, London

Oxford Playhouse Theatre – Vanessa Lefrancois, Joint Director & CEO

Oxford Playhouse Theatre – Louise Chantal, Joint Director

Culture Liverpool – Claire McColgan, Director

Our forum report will follow with detail on speaker contributions on the themes stated above.


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