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The Hampshire Big Theme cross-cultural networking event

Wednesday 26th November 2014

2.00pm-5.00pm in Winchester


'Be part of Hampshire’s Big Theme – a special event for Hampshire Solent arts, cultural, archive, heritage and education organisations.'


What is the Hampshire Big Theme?

Since 2010, Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council and Winchester City Council have been working together to develop the profile of our cultural services. As part of our collaboration, we have created the annual Hampshire Big Theme delivering an exciting programme of exhibitions, performances, installations, events and digital experiences. Each one explores a topic inspired by a key anniversary or popular culture with a unique Hampshire twist. Our first Big Theme is 1914 and we are working on an exciting range of future big themes, including:

2015 Dinosaurs!: It is not just about dinosaurs but a fantastic opportunity to interpret in a creative way our relationship with the natural world - evolution, climate change, fossil fuel, natural selection, naturalists and explorers of the world.
2016 Royal Blood: Inspired by the Wessex Kingdom in Saxon England, and Winchester’s position as capital of England over a thousand years ago, this Big Theme will look at Hampshire’s connections with royalty throughout history to the present day.
2017 Jane Austen: Austen was born at Steventon Rectory in north Hampshire and spent most of her life in the county before she died in Winchester. This Big Theme will explore Hampshire’s preeminent creative genius marking the bi-centenary of her death.
2019 D-Day 75: On 6th June 1944 the greatest armada in history launched 156,000 men from 12 countries against the shores of Normandy to begin the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. The aim of this big this is to mark the 75th anniversary and of D-Day.

What is the purpose of this event?

The Hampshire Big Theme creates fantastic opportunities for arts, cultural, archive, heritage and education organisations to promote their work, take part in exciting joint projects and benefit from additional marketing capacity.

This special networking event is a great opportunity for you to:

  • Find out more about the Hampshire Big Theme initiative and future topics;
  • Learn about the benefits for your organisation in taking part and how you can get involved;
  • See examples of cultural projects that have taken place as part of the 1914 Big Theme and hear about how organisations have gained by taking part;
  • Help shape the narrative and ideas to explore at each Big Theme;
  • Network with others who are working in a range of cultural practices, from artists to zoos, via dance companies, libraries, museums, theatres and more.

Who should attend?

This networking event is for all Hampshire Solent based arts, museums, archives, heritage organisations and universities that are interested in the Big Theme initiative and would like to find out more about how they can take part.

To ensure that a wide variety of organisations have the opportunity to take part, we are limiting the number of places to 2 per organisation. So please check the attendee list on Eventbrite for colleagues from your organisation before booking.


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