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Last Updated: Tuesday, 14 September, 2004, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Online city heritage sites launch
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City centre history at your fingertips
The culture and heritage of 10 English cities can now be explored with new web-based guides.

They include information from residents to tell visitors about their home city.

The City Heritage Guides are part of the government's 13m Culture Online programme aimed to show visitors how to get most of the venues.

Launching the guides on Tuesday, arts minister Estelle Morris said: "City Heritage Guides will help communities discover treasures on their doorsteps."

Unique collections

She added: "They will also provide a boost for tourism, showcasing the 'hidden heritage' of cities for visitors from both home and abroad."

The sites - on the 24 Hour Museum website - highlight local history, news about unique collections and heritage.

Web guide cities
Birmingham
Brighton & Hove
Bristol
Leeds
Leicester
Liverpool
London
Manchester
Newcastle & Gateshead
Norwich

They include a database of the city's museums, galleries and heritage sites with listings and visitor information.

And there are promotions and special offers from museums and galleries.

The sites include a section showing what is on for children.

The public will also be able to contribute, with a "storymaker" section allowing groups and individuals to write about the heritage, culture and history of their city.

The idea is to use people to present their heritage in their own words.

Jonathan Drori, Culture Online director, said: "The City Heritage Guides are a fantastic opportunity for local community groups, children and individuals to get involved and shout about what makes their city special for them."

The 24 Hour Museum project was set up in 1999 by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and has information on 3,000 UK museums, galleries and heritage sites and attracts 240,000 visitors per month.




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