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£3m awarded for Arts at University of Southampton

Arts venues based at the University of Southampton have been awarded more than £3m over three years (2015-18) by Arts Council England, as part of its National Portfolio funding programme.

The University is proud to continue to host three Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations on its Highfield campus – John Hansard Gallery, Turner Sims, and Nuffield, providing a concentration of artistic and cultural activity at the University, which is unique in the UK.

It’s been announced that over three years the John Hansard Gallery will receive approximately £1.3m, the theatre company Nuffield £1.6m and the concert venue Turner Sims just over £129,000.

Arts at Southampton form an integral part of the University’s research, enterprise, student experience and its relationship to the city and region. This funding secures our ability to continue to provide world-class arts activities, both on campus and beyond – enriching the cultural lives of our staff, students and the wider community of the region.”

– University of Southampton Registrar, Tessa Harrison

We are in the premier league of creative nations and this portfolio will keep us on top in an era of tight funding. We can delight in our arts organisations and museums for the sheer inspiration they bring to our daily lives, as well as their contribution to the creative sector. I’m proud that we’ve been able to deliver such a strong and well balanced portfolio.”

– Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair Arts Council England

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University buys author Virginia Woolf's diaries

The diaries of the writer Virginia Woolf have been bought by the University of Sussex at a Sotheby's auction. The diaries reveal personal details of the author's final years, giving an insight into her daily life.

Virginia Woolf lived in Lewes in Sussex in the early 1900s.

The University of Sussex was able to raise the £60,000 for the journals with the help of the V&A/MLA Purchase Grant Fund, the Friends of the National Libraries and individual donors.

Bodleian secures cash for collection

The Bodleian Library has secured one point two million pounds towards the acquisition of the personal archive of nineteenth century British inventor and photographer William Henry Fox Talbot.

The money was awarded by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The library in Oxford has until the end of February to raise the remaining one million needed to buy the collection.

The Bodleian Library's Deputy Librarian Richard Ovenden explains why the works are so important for a modern audience.

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Special service to mark 200 years since architect Pugin's birth

Augustus Pugin
The Victorian architect Augustus Pugin was born 200 years ago Credit: Archive

Today marks 200 years since the birth of Augustus Pugin, one of the UK's most influential architects. He designed Big Ben, two Oxford colleges and several other buildings. The anniversary has been marked in various ways including a service at the church in Ramsgate where he was buried in 1832.

Pugin statue in church
Pugin was buried at St Augustine's Church near his home in Ramsgate Credit: Meridian Tonight

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