Matthew Boulton Bicentenary 2009

An exhibition commemorating Matthew Boulton's diverse achievements as an industrialist will be highlighted from 30th May to 27th September at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Boulton was also one of the founders of the Lunar Society, a group of great thinkers and inventors who met at his home Soho House.
Not sure how to get there? Then hop on a history bus...

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VisitBritain News

Issue 1 of Tourism Trends Quarterly is now available online. It provides a summary of the latest available tourism data for the UK as well as a look at the issues which are shaping these trends.

Another new publication is 'Arrivals', highlighting summaries of primary research carried out by VisitBritain. Contents include how the credit crunch is affecting inbound tourism, the views of young European people on Britain and changes in inbound tourism over the last 40 years.

Previous to this, VisitBritain produced 'Visitor's Voice'. All previous editions of this can be viewed on this page. Articles discuss a range of topics such as the 'Open Skies' agreement, Britain's cultural heritage and the rise of sports tourism.

Lonely Planet praises Birmingham...

..."Huge regeneration projects have revitalised the industrial landscapes and canals that criss-cross the city; now there are more glamorous shops, swanky bars and hectic nightclubs than you can shake a bargepole at...Established cultural and architectural gems dot the city centre and planners keep coming up with ever-more-innovative makeovers, such as the striking post-industrial Bullring shopping centre...Cities like Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham have become vibrant and cosmopolitan places with lots to offer."
David Else (2009) 'Great Britain'.

Journals - Human Kinetics

A number of sports journals by Human Kinetics are now available in fulltext online. Just click the Non-Athens link on the left of the Library page in Blackboard, choose A-Z list of resources and then Human Kinetics. Titles include Recreational Sports Journal, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism and The Sport Psychologist. We've about a dozen relevant titles for you to search and browse.

Sports News

FC Business is a market-specific magazine aimed at the football industry; the website includes various items of interest such as these articles on physiotherapy in football and ticket touts and interviews with prominent figures in football such as this with Arsene Wenger.

A seminar entitled 'Player & Coach Development' will take place on 21 May at the Banks's Stadium in Walsall, find out more

Enter a competition to design a logo for London 2012.

West Midlands Tourism Campaign

A £25m plan to promote tourism in the West Midlands has been launched today. The campaign will encompass various projects; one of these will see the Department for Work and Pensions aiming to increase skills needed by the region's tourism industry. An advertising campaign featuring Warwick Castle, Henry V and the humble Cadbury Creme Egg is due to hit screens across the country soon more...

Flights Online 2009

A new report by Webcredible reveals that Ryanair and Monarch websites are least popular with users whereas British Airways and Virgin Atlantic appeared to offer best levels of usability. Download the full report here

Britain Walks on the Web

If you need to find the best routes for walks around Britain, want to know what to do with a compass, or if you just fancy climbing a mountain, then this article will point you in the right direction. Featuring the most useful websites which cover a range of issues such as advice on buying the right pair of boots or best places to take young children for a walk.