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Icons of England

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An ideal discussion topic to get your literacy group speaking and listening at any level

Help choose the icons of England

Icons is a project supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It aims to provide a virtual collection of England’s most cherished cultural treasures. Nominated by the general public, the Icons collection reflects a contemporary view of English culture and values – a living portrait of a country, a people and a way of life. From Stonehenge to the double decker bus, from fish and chips to the humble cup of tea, the project promises to become a dynamic portrait of England.

The first 12 icons have been selected for the online collection, but nominations are now requested for more. The Icons website invites us to:

‘Browse through our nominations and tell us what you think, by voting for or against icons or by posting a comment. Have a look to see whether your favourite has been nominated. And if you don’t see your own favourite on the list, nominate it yourself!’


As well as being able to vote and suggest your own icons, you can try an online quiz. A downloadable teachers’ guide is also available. Whilst most of the ideas are directed at KS3 (Level 1) they could be easily adapted to meet the needs of adults working at different levels.


Click here to visit the Icons of England website. You’ll find the quiz and the teachers’ guide in the Learn and Play section.

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