How Bristol Culture turned its retail operation around

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14 Feb 2018

Three years ago Bristol’s museum and gallery shops were running without a plan and losing money, but now they are on track to increase revenue by 60%. Zak Mensah tells the story.

Making collections pay

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03 Mar 2016

Many museums and galleries struggle to manage the costs of storing and conserving their collections. Emma Sumner introduces two innovative organisations that are making their collections pay their own way.  

High-street strategies

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11 Feb 2016

Gallery and theatre shops can learn a lot from high-street retailers. Corin Birchall shares his tips.

Setting up shop

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28 May 2015

Since opening its museum shop two years ago, the Sir John Soane Museum has seen it go from strength to strength, developing a valuable new income stream. Xanthe Arvanitakis explains how.

A second production line

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12 Mar 2014

Ten years ago Belgrade Theatre Coventry had to find new sources of income. Joanna Reid tells how its production services subsidiary is now contributing £400,000 a year.

Writing in a hidden world

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19 Feb 2014

Lucas Stewart reports on the difficulties involved in ‘Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds’, a British Council project in Burma seeking to develop ethnic minority language literature.

The magnitude of marketing

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29 Oct 2013

How much has the arts marketing role changed in the last twenty years? Strikingly, says Sarah Chambers, who examines what is now required to market culture.

A land of adventure and discovery

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13 Jun 2013

David Alston recognises that Wales’ physical attractions pull in most tourists but believes that exciting and innovative cultural work is well worth discovering too.

The art of merchandising

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13 May 2013

Linda Weston tells how the William Morris Gallery has recorded increased shop sales since its recent refurbishment.

Charity shop fundraising

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16 Oct 2012

Beckie Smith tells how a charity shop is contributing to funding Tewkesbury’s theatre, The Roses.

National icon, international reach

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24 Aug 2012

Schools around the world have been invited to tune into a live science lesson taking place at the Royal Albert Hall. Lucy Noble tells the story.

Added value catering

27 Feb 2012

Catering has the potential to provide a healthy income stream and enhance the wider visitor experience, but it needs to be well executed, warns Paul Smith

Selling on the streets

12 Dec 2011

Laurence Miller tells how Nimax Theatres has been working with Enta to improve its sales to the elusive visitor market

The art of science: Wriggling Rangoli

10 Oct 2011

Science-based projects can reach out to new audiences who wouldn’t normally engage with the arts. Claire Cowell describes a project that did just that

Artistic licence

29 Aug 2011

Licensing your art for commercial use is not for everyone, but Mainda Kiwelu believes that, used properly, it can open up revenue streams and new audiences

Reminiscence workshops

13 Jun 2011

David Haworth describes Forest Forge’s experience and knowledge of working with the elderly and people with terminal illness.

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