Introduction

WHAT IS THE HAMPSHIRE BIG THEME?
The annual Hampshire Big Theme is an exciting collaborative programme of exhibitions, performances, installations, events and digital experiences led by Hampshire County Council and in partnership with Southampton City Council and Winchester City Council. Each one explores a topic inspired by a key anniversary or popular culture with a unique Hampshire twist!

The first Big Theme, entitled 1914, launched a five year programme of activities in 2014 that commemorate the centenary of the First World War. We are now planning for 2015 and beyond and we would like you to be part of it…

2015 BIG THEME
The 2015 Dinosaurs! Big Theme is inspired by Hampshire’s long tradition of natural history collecting and interest in biodiversity. 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 are all subjects that can be explored under the 2015 Big Theme banner.

Other future Big Themes include: Royal Blood in 2014, Jane Austen in 2017, D-Day in 2017.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
There are many benefits for cultural organisations that take part in the Big Theme, such as:
• Joint marketing (up-selling and cross-selling)
• Access to the promotional Big Theme digital platform
• Umbrella branding
• Opportunities for collaborations that may secure external funding

HELP US!
To make the Dinosaurs! Big Theme success we need to find out what your organisation is doing, to help you to identify opportunities for collaboration. Please complete this short survey by Friday 11 July to tell us about any relevant collections, plans and ideas you may have. It should not take you more than 20 minutes to finish.

ANY QUESTIONS
If you have any queries regarding the Hampshire Big Theme initiative or this survey, please contact: Katerina Kremmida, Cultural Partnerships Officer, katerina.kremmida@hants.gov.uk

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