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Making and the Creative Economy: The MERL Annual Lecture

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University of Reading

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Convened in partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association, the Art Workers Guild, and the Crafts Council.

Doors open at 6.45pm, event begins at 7.15pm.

This panel debate at the Museum of English Rural Life will bring together influential thinkers connected to "craft and making" to explore pressing issues facing the creative economy. The discussion will be chaired by the University of Reading Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell, with a panel including:

  • Dr Nicola Thomas: Associate Professor in Cultural Historical Geography, University of Exeter.

  • Charlie Gladstone: Author and Co-Founder of 'The Good Life' festival.

  • Professor Roger Kneebone: Professor of Surgical Education and Engagement Science, Imperial College London.

  • Dr Alex Langlands: Broadcaster, Author, and Lecturer in Archaeology and History, Swansea University.


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We are currently experiencing a diminishing emphasis on technical skills and apprenticeships in formal and informal learning contexts at the same time as a growing recognition of the role that craft and creativity play in improving health and wellbeing. Relevant debates within the policy arena include the part that cultural institutions should play in fostering and facilitating creative practice, the implications of the ongoing rhetoric of salvage and extinction for craft and creativity today, and political barriers to the 2003 UNESCO convention on intangible cultural heritage. Our aim is to break down the divisions – intellectual, social, financial and cultural – that separate contemporary crafts from heritage crafts and separate amateur makers from professional makers. In this way we hope to celebrate the vibrancy and potential of the modern creative economy and set a new collaborative and participatory agenda in motion.



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