This video is of the formal switch on of Mark Titchner’s Beacon in central Luton on 9 December 2016. A lightbox installation on the end wall of the Hat Factory Arts Centre facing the approach from Luton’s central railway station.

I wrote yesterday about As You Change, So Do I the public realm arts programme currently under way in Luton. Last Friday I went along to the formal launch of ‘Beacon’ the signature piece of the programme which challenges with the declaration “if you can dream it you must do it”.

Collecting Luton’s World War One stories

This project, recognising the 100th anniversary of the First World War, run by Luton Culture, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire is collecting stories of Luton’s experience of the Great War with the family memories of people who live in the town today. It is looking for people to contribute the stories, and photographs and other artefacts, which will then be used in an exhibition at Wardown Park Museum later in the year.

Photo ot the Wenlok Jug

Wenlok jug back on public display at Stockwood Discovery Centre

Photo ot the Wenlok JugSome good news from last week as the Wenlok Jug, a rare medieval bronze jug with historic connections to the town and the jewel of Luton’s museum collection, went back on display at the Discovery Centre after being stolen and then recovered last year. Not been to see it yet – but hope to soon.

Council to decide on the future of Luton’s libraries

This evening (Monday 29 July 2013) the Executive of Luton Borough Council will consider the results of the recent public consultation on the future of the town’s library service and make some decisions on what shape it will take in the future. How libraries are provided in Luton is a little bit complicated, although I…

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Consultation on the future of Luton’s Libraries

Luton Borough Council are currently consulting on the future of the library service in Luton. In common with many other councils, given the current financial constraints, LBC is looking at ways to change the provision of libraries in Luton in order to find budget savings. In comparison to the savage cuts that libraries are facing…

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Random Thoughts for 20th February 2013: Richard Briers, Caedmon and Ella Fitzgerald

This is the latest in my series of Random Thoughts posts with links, things found on the web and other stuff that has occurred to me between 12th February 2013 and 19th February 2013: The Liberal Democrats are the only fair tax party – Danny Alexander “In government, Labour increased tax on low income households;…

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The Wenlok Jug

The best piece of news I heard last week was that the police had recovered the Wenlok Jug. In May of this year the Wenlok Jug, a large bronze medieval jug which is the prize object in the collection of Luton’s museum service, was stolen from the Stockwood Discovery centre. The theft made national news…

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Chief Exec of Luton Culture is awarded an MBE

I am extremely pleased to see that Maggie Appleton, the Chief Executive of Luton Culture and my good friend, was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List yesterday. She was given the honour “For services to Museums and Heritage”. This is a thoroughly deserved recognition of not only her leadership of Luton Culture…

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Is this the end of the Luton Summer Festival?

I’ve written here before about my role as a trustee on the board of Luton Culture, the independent charity that runs the libraries, museums and arts service in Luton on behalf of the Council. Inevitably the austerity measures that the Government is having to take to to deal with the country’s deficit problem is working…

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Achievement six: Founding Luton Culture

On the 5th May 2011 I failed in my attempt to be re-elected to Luton Borough Council after eight years serving as an elected councillor. This article is part of a series of posts where I attempt to process what those eight years have meant for myself by asking the question “what did I achieve?”…

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