General Election 2017

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With just over a week until the UK’s General Election, conversation across the country is turning to votes, manifestos and policies. We’ve digested some of the parties’ manifestos that are standing across the whole of the UK looking at where heritage, education and culture fit in.

The Conservatives have pledged their continued support for the arts, and an ongoing dedication to maintaining free entry to the permanent collections housed in our national museums and galleries. The party has also vowed to improve technical education for young people, offering an alternative to academic routes, and to establish new institutes of technology which focus on STEM subjects.

The Labour Party has committed to putting creativity back into the curriculum, launching a nationwide ‘creative careers’ campaign. They proposed a full review of the new English Baccalaureate system, ensuring that arts subjects are not side-lined in favour of more academic subjects. Also they’ve announced they’ll develop a cultural capital fund that will help many more towns and cities like Hull (City of Culture 2017) benefit all year round.

The Liberal Democrats say they will maintain free access to national museums and galleries. They want to protect the availability of arts and creative subjects in the curriculum and act to remove barriers to pupils studying these subjects. Their pledge explicitly supports the creative industries as part of their plan to grow the UK’s wider economy.

Of course these are just some of the ways children and young people might be catered for in the years to come, and at Kids in Museums we are thrilled to see how key parties are making a commitment to support the arts, heritage and education sectors. For more information, please take a look at the party manifestos linked above.

The People’s History Museum will be hosting ‘Digest The Election’, an event for adults and young people to come together, share breakfast and watch the election results as they come in live on the 9th June 2017, from 7am – 11am. This event is part of the museum’s focus on Britain’s developing democracy, and more details can be found here.

If you’re running something linked with the up and coming election get in touch and tell us about it on [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

Becky MacNaughton, News Editor

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