Laura Johansen on Calderdale, Gentleman Jack, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Nov 15, 2020, 05:20 PM

Sam chats with Laura Johansen, a hero when it comes to culture and collaboration in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Laura gives us an insight into the impact of the BBC and HBO series Gentleman Jack, and her lesser known role as a diplomat!

Hear about Laura’s incredible contribution to tourism and culture in Calderdale through the Cultural Destinations project, and her lesser-known role as a diplomat!

Laura Johansen was the Cultural Development manager for the Cultural Destinations project for Calderdale, which included boosting tourism around Gentleman Jack, which has resulted in Halifax becoming a hot spot for visitors from around the world!

Sam spoke to her as she was preparing to move on from Cultural Destinations, back to her job at the Foreign Office. They discuss the impact of culture, how the BBC and HBO series Gentleman Jack has given worldwide recognition to the Calder Valley, and Laura gives us a glimpse into the world of foreign relations.

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