Thinking

Thinking

From Country Estate to Council Estate

From Country Estate to Council Estate

Jim Roberts reflects on a challenging year for the National Trust and dreams up a radical idea.

Rethink, Restructure, Reset

Rethink, Restructure, Reset

Major museums and galleries across the world are at different stages of re-opening. The Uffizi Galleries and Vatican Museums are a step ahead of museums in the UK and North America. Their experience is a window to the future. Tom Agar reflects on a recent Webinar with museum leaders that highlighted the significant challenges ahead.

Blue is the new Green

Blue is the new Green

The role that green spaces play in healthy city living has been increasingly recognised of late, particularly with half of the world in lock-down. But less attention has been focused on the benefits of water within urban environments. Fourth Street consultant Tom Agar explores how man's relationship to water in cities has changed over time, and discusses how COVID-19 may bring us closer than ever to its edge.

Museums in a COVID crisis

Museums in a COVID crisis

Behind all the virtual tours, tweets and stay-at-home support for home schooling families, museums are facing an existential crisis, as their doors stay closed and they lose their physical connection to audiences. Fourth Street associate, Tim Ambrose, a leading expert in museum management, reflects on an international webinar on how to help museums through the lockdown and beyond.

Parks in a Pandemic

Parks in a Pandemic

Jim Roberts reacts to the recent controversy over the use of public parks during the Covid-19 crisis.

Culture in Quarantine

Culture in Quarantine

Community activities such as choirs, yoga and dance classes, and other local providers help to strengthen the fabric of neighbourhood culture. How can the idea of 'shop local' increase sustainability for community activity providers as they move online during the shutdown?