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City Heritage Guides go online

The 24 Hour Museum has launched a series of online guides to promote the culture and heritage of ten English …
Felicity Heywood
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The 24 Hour Museum has launched a series of online guides to promote the culture and heritage of ten English cities.

The cities chosen for the first City Heritage Guides are Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Gateshead, and Norwich. They all have dedicated websites featuring a database of their museums, galleries and heritage sites with listings and visitor information. The websites also include local history, news and an area where children recommend visits to other children.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has given £200,000 to the project through its Culture Online programme. John Pratty, the editor of the 24 Hour Museum, said the funding was for England only, but the plan is to eventually include cities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Pratty said the City Heritage Guides are designed to fill an important gap in the provision of cultural tourism information. He said: 'The local tourist board sites have no dedicated museums and galleries coverage.' But Pratty added that the guides are closely linked to the tourism promotion body VisitBritain in an effort 'to co-promote and share'. He continued: 'We are not pretending to be the authoritative guide to, say, Newcastle and Gateshead. It has to work side-by-side with museums' websites to complement them and filter visitors through to them.'

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