What we have been reading: January 2020

Some articles and news items we have been reading.


According to a recent article, Yorkshire and the Humber’s heritage is worth £2 billion to the economy.

Researchers at the University of Brighton have been experimenting with 3D printing technologies as a way of democratising cultural heritage and helping museums.

Plans submitted for one of Europe’s biggest cultural projects for new London museum.


Parks and country parks:

Community invited to make a difference by taking part in National Park’s tree planting day at a local farm in Bilsdale.

World Wetlands Day on 2 February will celebrate wetlands and their incredible biodiversity in the South Downs National Park.


Visitor attractions:

Visit Britain has updated its ‘Events are GREAT’ creative to highlight the UK as a leading international business events destination.

The Guardian releases list of 20 new visitor attractions in the UK.

Chessington World of Adventures is opening new a new rainforest offer.

£24 million Game of Thrones Studio Tour planned for Northern Ireland aims to boost national tourism spend.


Visitor accommodation:

Visit Britain releases 2020 inbound tourism forecast.

Welsh Government announces plans to invest £60m in the tourism industry.


Activity and Adventure tourism:

Wales to invest In outdoor activity businesses.


National Heritage Lottery Fund:

Wales Grade I building, Old College has been awarded almost £10million by National Heritage Lottery to secure its future as a centre for culture, heritage, discovery, learning and enterprise.

Chichester District Council awarded £50,000 of National Lottery funding to conduct DNA tests for 2000 year old warrior mystery.


Project news

Planning Solutions Consulting Limited has been commissioned by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to provide a business case to assess the opportunity of bringing back the Rhondda Tunnel as a ‘flagship’ visitor destination product. At 1.95 miles in length, the Rhondda Tunnel would become Europe’s longest cycle tunnel (and the second longest in the world).