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Architecture: Education

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been paid to Culture 24 for services relating to the Engaging Places project. (202343)

Culture24 has been paid £23,500 to produce an Engaging Places editorial strategy and online web portal of heritage and built environment education opportunities that will be made available to schools later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding he has allocated for the Engaging Places project; and how much of this has been allocated to the provision of online resources to accompany the project. (202344)

In 2007-08 DCMS provided £75,000 of support towards research, piloting a network of learning providers and the development of an online website portal in partnership with Culture24. Other funding support came from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and English Heritage. Out of the total budget for Engaging Places £50,000 was allocated towards the research, design and development of a web portal. Culture24 is providing the web portal and consultancy services.

In 2008-09 DCMS will contribute £100,000 to support the next phase of Engaging Places. This will support the appointment of a new online editor for the Engaging Places website and the development of a network linking learning providers and schools with an interest in heritage and the built environment. Additional support will come from CABE and English Heritage.