News & Opportunities

Here you will find all the latest news and opportunities from around the region and nationally. Just click on the 'show tags' button on the left under the calendar to filter the information to your requirements.

Security Review 'sharing day'

Accredited museums must obtain expert and objective security advice for collections at least every five years and plan to implement any recommendations.  We are interested to find out if there are museums in west Kent who are due a review of their security arrangements and would benefit from a 'sharing day' with a consultant security advisor to help meet the Accreditation requirement. Please contact joanna.low@brighton-hove.gov.uk to register your interest.

Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making

The Crafts Council has launched a national Education Manifesto for Craft and Making.

It’s begun well, with this letter in the Times; please follow the link (or read below) for further details, and of course for info on how to get involved…!

Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making

In the last five years participation in craft-related GCSEs fell by 25% and the number of higher education craft courses fell by 46%.

This comes when elsewhere around the globe investment in creative education and making is rising.

An education in craft develops creativity, inventiveness, problem-solving and practical intelligence. It also produces the makers of the future.

Craft currently contributes £3.4 billion to the economy and over 150,000 people across the UK deploy craft skills within a number of industries including fashion, film, medicine and engineering.

Craft and making is vital to our society, culture and economy.

It is why the Crafts Council along with partners, has developed Our Future is in the Making: An Education Manifesto for Craft and Making which was launched on 10 November 2014, at the House of Commons.

The ambitions of the Manifesto will only be realised through our collective action and there are a number of ways you can support it.

  • Pledge your support and send the link to the manifesto online to your professional networks
  • Fulfil any of the pledged actions and let them know
  • Sign up to the monthly e-newsletter for regular updates on what others are doing in support of the Manifesto

Individuals can:

  • Pledge your support on social media using the hashtag #FutureinMaking
  • Sign up to the monthly e-newsletter for regular updates on what others are doing in support of the Manifesto