21 August 2017

DM17, Manchester’s city wide festival of creativity and design, in partnership with the Co-op, is returning for its fifth annual series, this year made up of over 50 events featuring Gary Neville…

11 August 2017

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF), which over ten years has built a solid reputation as one…

20 July 2017

DM17, Manchester’s festival of design and creativity, today announces a “four-track EP of events” on the theme of Fizzing at the Terminals. The four events are a celebratory Buzzcocks gig…

23 June 2017
The beginning

The story of The Loomba Foundation begins on 23 June 1954, when Jagiri Lal Loomba, a successful businessman in in the small Punjabi town of Dhilwan in the far North of India, died…

25 May 2017

In these days immediately following the mindless attack at Manchester Arena, it is impossible to write about anything Mancunian except in that context – not least because everything is coloured by…

27 April 2017

On Monday last week, the Washington Post carried a headline that read: “This guy convinced cities to cater to tech-savvy millennials. Now he’s reconsidering.”

The…

10 April 2017

Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

“One of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time”

Today’s digital revolution owes much to Michael Faraday’s 1821 development of a motor using…

4 April 2017

Why was Smash Hits such a successful magazine when I worked there, and how has music journalism changed since then? These were the questions I was asked the other day by a student…

20 March 2017

Asked about his slogan “I miss my pre-internet brain” in an interview with the FT, the artist Douglas Coupland observed: “I have been rewired in the last 10 or 15 years. I remember what I used to…

19 February 2017

The Bonded Warehouse is a looming presence in the middle of the old Granada Studios complex in Manchester city centre: a cavernous reminder of the industrial revolution, soon to be…

17 February 2017

The sound of Celia Stothard fills the room at 19 Cleaver Street in Kennington, transporting me to years precociously spent in the company, via my parents’ gramophone, of French chansonniers Edith…

23 November 2016

Playing chamber music in an art gallery is hardly unprecedented, but you know to expect something unusual when the musicians are Manchester Camerata and the gallery is the Whitworth.

Henry…
23 September 2016

Those with an eye for detail may have spotted that 1990 – the year this charity was established – is actually 26, not 25, years ago. However, the trustees in their wisdom have decided that just…

16 September 2016
Nurturing creative projects until they can stand on their own feet is all about relationships, as illustrated by this case study of Design Manchester which I presented at the Complex Webs event…
28 July 2016

Representatives of the creative industries in the North West convened at Manchester Metropolitan University on 28th July to discuss Brexit and ensure the government is fully informed…

7 July 2016

Chairman Sir John Sorrell opened the Creative Industries Federation's emergency conference saying that when he and others launched the Federation, they knew it would be greatly beneficial…

27 June 2016

Hope against fear, was how Brexiters characterised the battle. Hope in hell versus fear of the inevitable, this is starting to look like in the sober light of day. But no-one knows what…

24 June 2016

My live updates today:

19.16 pm. Media reports all say Scotland’s First Minister is pushing for a second independence referendum, but the canny Ms Sturgeon’s position may be…

16 June 2016
Living Cities, a display of works from the Collection in the George Economou Gallery on level 4 of The Switch House, curated by Ann Coxon. Above: Peter Saville’s logo for the newly…
14 June 2016

June 14, 2016. What will Devo-Manc and the Northern Powerhouse mean for the cultural economy? This question was explored at The Art of Devolution: Culture and the North, a conference of…

10 June 2016

(Even if the price of EU membership was £350m a week – which it’s not – we could only spend it on the NHS if

We cut aid to our farmers We cut regional aid We cut aid to our poorer…
8 June 2016

John Benyon was Professor of Political Studies at the University of Leicester from 1993 until his death on 19 May aged 65. He founded the university’s Criminology Department and played an…

22 March 2016

Workshops with end users and service providers for an Internet of Things pilot took place at Camden Collective in London on March 9, 2016. The pilot, by the VITAL IoT consortium, explores how the…

21 March 2016
At the UK Mission to the United Nations, New York. Pictured l-r: Julie Morizet (Foreign Office), Baroness Northover, Lord Loomba, Margaret Owen (Widows for Peace), Kasper de Graaf.

The World Widows…

8 February 2016

[Feb 8, 2016. Introduction to a lecture organised by The Boar as part of a series to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the…

11 November 2015

Introducing 53 Spaces, the IoT-powered prototype app for smarter working

18 October 2015

Made You Look, a Look & Yes documentary by Paul O’Connor and Anthony Peters, offers a fascinating glimpse into the techniques and inspirations of a wide range of contemporary makers: artists,…

16 October 2015

It is the second year we’ve organised a public debate as a highlight of the Design Manchester festival – and once again, our panel underscored Manchester’s place at the heart of the nation’s…

15 October 2015

An entire village of Grade 1 listed buildings in an inaccessible location may seem an unlikely location for a music and arts festival, but for Festival No. 6 (Best New Festival 2012, Best…

11 October 2015

Driven by progress in mobile technology and by structural developments in advanced economies, working patterns are changing rapidly, with self-employed workers, startups and SMEs, but…

13 November 2014

Smarter working in Camden Town. Introduction to the VITAL IoT prototype in London.

31 October 2014

Oct 31, 2014. Organised as part of DesignManchester 14, NORTH: The Great Debate brought together national and regional leaders of the…

19 September 2014

Edinburgh chose to stay in the United Kingdom - but what will that be?

“For how long will English constituencies and English Honourable members tolerate … at least 119 Honourable…

16 August 2014

“Across the globe governments and municipalities are looking at the next generation of communication and information networks and how they can use this infrastructure to help build a smart city,”…

21 July 2014

The London partners of three international technology R&D projects gathered at a meeting hosted by Images&Co at The Clarence Centre today to discuss the potential benefits of…

9 May 2013

There are many reasons to be worried about security in the cities of the future.

Scarcity of resources, unemployment, the gap between rich and poor, lack of social cohesion,…

15 September 2012

They sometimes say the English are cold fish. Reserved, unemotional, lacking in passion. But what do they know who say that? They never met my aunt, Heather Whitcombe, who died aged 90 at…

5 September 2012

Lawless preview last night at the Curzon in Soho. At John [Hillcoat]’s insistence they screened the 35mm print (£4,000 against the £60 for the now ubiquitous digital copy which they…

22 June 2012
Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom

This type of clock used to be known as a granddaughter clock. It is a French timepiece in an English cabinet and an engraved plaque on the front reads: “Presented to…

22 June 2012
Photograph by Joakim Blockstrom

This is the day book kept by my step-grandmother, Monica Sherston, from January 1923 to March 1927. It was not unusual in 1920s English society to keep such books…

17 October 2011

Building on the vision of Kevin Lynch, who formulated the legible city concept in The Image of The City (Harvard/MIT, 1960), the methodology of city wayfinding has made great strides in…

11 October 2011

In 2005, the proportion of the world’s population living in cities reached 49% (3.2 billion people). By 2030, 60% of the global population – five billion – is expected to live in urban areas. The…

6 April 2011

Coming up with consistent promotional ideas wasn’t easy. The main driver was the urgent need to maintain financial stability for De Bezige Bij [‘The Busy Bee’, the Dutch publishing house…

3 March 2011

The lot of a widow is shocking in many parts of the world, the sorrow of losing her husband compounded by cruelty and injustice. Tradition variously dictates that she is unable to work or remarry…

4 January 2011

Born into a British military family, Door de Graaf, who died in Holland on 2 January 2011 aged 90, was a key figure in the wartime Dutch special forces in London, helping to run the Dutch…

20 December 2010
K crossing on the Hoek-Harwich ferry in 1964, aged 13

The Harwich–Hoek van Holland ferry was always the grandest of the continental crossings because, unlike the short-run southern routes to France…

21 August 2010

She may not have given Henry VIII the male heir he thought so important but, apart from giving birth to arguably the most successful monarch of the 16th century, Anne Boleyn was undoubtedly the…

6 August 2010

When conferred by Margaret “every prime minister needs a Willy” Thatcher on William Whitelaw, the title of deputy prime minister was little more than a device to help her neutralise the “wet”…

11 June 2010

The Dutch this weekend are conducting the kind of horsetrading held up by Tory newspapers before Britain’s election last month to scare us off a hung parliament. In the event, the UK quickly…

28 May 2010

John Prescott’s ennobling was announced on Friday evening. What delicious news: the tub-thumping hero of the working class who vowed never to become a Lord has followed where so many have…

17 May 2010

Like the Benns, the Foots and the Morrison/Mandelsons, the Milibands are Labour royalty: it is testament to their radical upbringing that the brothers have both leapt in to win the battle…

16 May 2010

The last time we had a liberal Tory government was in the era of Butskellism, and if last week’s events have achieved anything it is apoplectic rage on the part of those who thought they had seen…

28 November 2008

The UK Border project arose when PM Tony Blair fired his home secretary, Charles Clarke, charging John Reid with calming the political fires fanned by the Daily Mail and other media…

14 May 2008

Attitudes to the use and availability of publicly owned information have shifted significantly in recent years, partly due to technological advances, and partly to political commitments…