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Editor: Alex Pleasants

We took the opportunity to pause the newsletter on Friday to reflect on the remarkable life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. One of unwavering duty coupled with modest humility. She was a reassuring ever-presence in all of our lives and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family.  

 Government Stuff 

The Cabinet Office has issued official mourning guidance and information on the Queen’s Lying-in-State. No Parliamentary business will be conducted this week.  

All change on the ministerial front as Liz Truss begins as Prime Minister. Michelle Donelan comes in as Culture Secretary. Here’s Variety with five things to know. 

The government has announced a £3.3m investment in the next generation of nuclear reactor technology.  

Two government departments have been reprimanded by the Information Commissioner’s Office for not responding to Freedom of Information requests on time.  

UK founders including’s Brent Hoberman and Funding Circle’s Samir Desai are urging Liz Truss to host a new national competition for entrepreneurs.  

Creative UK has written an open letter to Liz Truss calling for support for the sector to grow.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
The arts world pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the New York Times talks to artists about turning the Queen into an icon and Rankin chooses his favourite portraits for The Times.  

The Arts and Humanities Research Council has unveiled its new strategic delivery plan, setting out its direction of travel for the next three years. 

Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama by artists Robert McCurdy and Sharon Sprung have been unveiled at the White House.  

Arts diversity organisation Inc Arts is to close after three years.  

Artists including Olafur Eliasson and Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread have been shortlisted for an art commission as part of the Lake District regeneration. 

A device that helps detect breast cancer at home has won the prestigious UK James Dyson Award

Dezeen looks at 20 significant buildings opened by the Queen during her 70 year reign.  

Design Ventura, the Design Museum’s design and enterprise competition for school students aged 13 to 16, is back for its 13th year.  

Theatre & Dance 
Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End will be renamed following the death of the Queen - and What’s On Stage looks back at her fondness for theatre.  

ITV is kickstarting the search for musical talent on our TVs again with a new Mamma Mia! series.  

Classical Music & Opera
This weekend’s final nights of the Proms were cancelled out of respect for the Queen.  

Tourism & Heritage  
Membership of the National Trust has risen since the pandemic.  

Museums Association charts how our museums are paying tribute to the Queen.  

Press, Books & Libraries 
Press Gazette looks at how the world’s newspapers marked the passing of the Queen and the BBC has the headlines from the UK press.  

The Booker Prize shortlist has been announced, including the shortest ever novel and the oldest finalist to date.  

And here’s the shortlist for the British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, with £25,000 for the best international non-fiction. 

Exhibitions and Events  
The very first design exhibition by artist Ai Weiwei forms part of the Design Museum’s 2023 programme.  

To mark National Album Day in October, Sam Ryder is to perform a launch show in London on 26th September in aid of War Child.  

Meta opened its King’s Cross office to the public this weekend for visitors to look through its new art collection, including work from Yinka Ilori and Mary Evans.  

Harewood House has kicked off a new Missing Portraits series today addressing the lack of diverse representation in Harewood’s collection.  

Kindred Media breaks down why we are seeing so many reboots and spinoffs on streaming services. 

Long-time friend of Lebron James and Spring Hill Company CEO Maverick Carter recalls how Nike signed a young Lebron to a multi-million dollar sneaker deal in this snippet of a recent KindredCast.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
The Guardian looks back at the Queen’s 70 years of dazzling TV moments - and this is a lovely tribute from the writer behind her recent ‘encounter’ with Paddington Bear. 

Huw Edwards has been praised for his ‘masterclass in broadcasting’ during live coverage on Thursday.  

Streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime Video cut their spend on British-made shows for the first time last year.  

Muslims make up only 1% of characters in the world’s most popular TV series, despite accounting for 25% of the global population.  

Elle explores Queen Elizabeth II’s legacy in the fashion industry and the Evening Standard speaks of a confidence that transcended beauty.  

This year’s New York Fashion Week has commenced and it’s all about 90s nostalgia according to The Guardian.  

Music & Radio 
The Mercury Prize was postponed last week due to the passing of Her Majesty and nominated artist Self Esteem helped ensure unused food was donated to the homeless.  

The BRIT Awards is moving to a Saturday for the first time in 2023.  

Eliza Rose has become the first female DJ to hit no.1 in the UK in over two decades. 

The Guardian chats to staff, alumni and critics about the legacy and future of the Brit School.  

Muse have become the first act to top the UK charts with an NFT album.  

Tech & Telecoms 
From the first televised Christmas broadcast in 1957 to her use of Zoom during the pandemic, The Guardian looks at how the Queen embraced tech during her reign.  

US tech companies receiving federal funding have been barred from building ‘advanced tech’ factories and facilities in China for 10 years.  

TalkTalk is opening up £600m of network contracts to rivals of BT.  

Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 14 and Watch Ultra at their latest reveal event.  

Elon Musk has failed to delay a trial over his termination of a $44bn deal to buy Twitter. 

UK online car retailer Cazoo is abandoning its operations in the EU and cutting 750 jobs. 

Ireland’s data privacy regulator has fined Meta $400m for failing to protect the data of children on Instagram.  

The Times on how Britain’s biggest tech champion, Arm, is being threatened by the emergence of an open-source software community.  

Computer Weekly has released its 2022 longlist of the most influential women in UK tech.  

US firm Calwave has concluded a historic wave energy pilot off the coast of California.  

 Appointments & Movers 

Jessica Pulay has been appointed chair of the Wallace Collection; Claire Whitaker is the new chief exec of the Crafts Council; Chinny Okolidoh has been appointed director of diversity and inclusion at the BBC; Lady Dalmeny has been elected chair of the Museum of the Home; Sarah Sands has been named deputy chair of the British Council; Adam Holness has been appointed head of contemporary music at the Southbank Centre; Alex Pleasants has been named head of strategy at tech advisory firm Erlam & Co  

 Ed Stuff

Ed will be guest-presenting the evening show on Times Radio for a week from Mon 19th September.  

...And Finally

Amid all the anecdotes and tributes for Her Majesty this week, I thought these two were particularly lovely. Trauma surgeon David Nott on feeding the corgis together when he returned from Aleppo - and her former protection officer about when they bumped into two American tourists who asked if she had “ever met the Queen”.  

RIP Ma’am.  

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