What could the draft BBC Charter mean for Northern Ireland?

A draft BBC Charter and Framework Agreement has been published, but what’s in it for Northern Ireland and will proposed changes to governance arrangements be sufficient to address concerns expressed during the consultation process?

BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast – investment in a new production centre is something which the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure had called for (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
BBC Broadcasting House, Belfast – investment in a new production centre is something which the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure had called for (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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What lies in store for the objects from our past?

During the last mandate, it was estimated that almost 1.5 million objects from archaeological sites in Northern Ireland lie in temporary storage, uncurated and inaccessible to the public. What lies in store for these objects, and could the bringing together of policy teams for museums and the historic environment in the new Department for Communities represent an opportunity to leverage public benefit from this resource?

A comb made from animal bone, from the Drumclay crannóg excavation (Image: Dan Hull)
An early medieval comb made from red deer antler, from the Drumclay crannóg excavation (Image: Dan Hull)

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Where has the culture and arts strategy got to?

Back in November 2015, prior to the re-structuring of departments, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure published a consultation document, seeking views on the development of a ‘Strategy for Culture & Arts 2016-2026’. This article examines progress so far towards this strategy, including a comparison with some similar strategies elsewhere.

Artwork hanging in the street during Belfast Culture Night (Image by David Bunting, Images-NI, under Creative Commons)
Artwork hanging in the street during Belfast Culture Night (Image by David Bunting, Images-NI, under Creative Commons)

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Why is there such a gender imbalance in physical activity levels?

Women participate in physical activity much less than men and Northern Ireland is more imbalanced in this regard than the European average. Why is this the case and what could be done to increase female participation in sport?

Running and walking on the Stormont Estate, Belfast (Picture by Michael Cooper)
Running and walking on the Stormont Estate, Belfast (Picture by Michael Cooper)

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