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Hampshire Big Theme 2018: Creative Genius - ideas, innovation and industry that changed the world. List your events and exhibitions for free!

The Hampshire Big Theme is an exciting collaborative programme of exhibitions, performances, installations, events and digital experiences led by Hampshire Cultural Trust with the support of the South East Museum Development Programme.

Each one explores a topic inspired by a key anniversary or popular theme with a unique Hampshire twist!

We have already held four exciting Big Themes: 2014: 1914; 2015: Dinosaurs!; 2016: Royal Blood; and, 2017: Jane Austen. We are now working on the 2018 Big Theme:

Creative Genius - ideas, innovation and industry that changed the world

This Big Theme is all about celebrating Hampshire's amazing contribution to science, technology and industrial innovation. Through exhibitions, events and happenings, this Big Theme will explore the extraordinary designers, inventors, engineers and entrepreneurs who have worked in Hampshire and made their impact on the nation and the wider world.

You don't even have to be in Hampshire to have collections relevant to the county's contribution to scientific, technological and industrial innovation. What stories can your museum tell?

What's in it for you?

Whether your museum is in Hampshire or in neighbouring localities - e.g. Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire - there are many benefits for cultural organisations that take part in the Big Theme, such as:

  • Joint marketing (upselling and cross-selling)
  • Access to the promotional Big Theme digital platform
  • Umbrella branding
  • Opportunities for collaborations that may secure external funding

Lead partner Hampshire Cultural Trust is supporting the campaign with marketing resources: brand and guidelines; press support; Creative Genius newsletter; dedicated Creative Genius social media channels and support; and a fantastic new website where you can list your exhibitions and events.

The Big Theme website is now live, key features:

  • Newsletter signup
  • Interactive map
  • News section
  • Venues section
  • Events section

Plus there's a Creative Genius 2018 Facebook page and Twitter account @CGenius2018 both helping to spread the word.

Want to find out more?

Visit the Creative Genius website to see how it works and sign up to the newsletter:

Then to access the brand assets and start listing your activities on the website, email Liz Leask, Head of Marketing and Communications, Hampshire Cultural Trust,

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