Category Archives: economy

The Post-Capitalist Museum and Derby Silk Mill

I have only a rudimentary grasp of economics but I am thoroughly enjoying reading Paul Mason’s Postcapitalism His provocation is that capitalism is broken. Cycles of boom and bust punctuated by state bail outs are unsustainable. Soon the state will … Continue reading

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The “Fan-owned” Museum

For my sins I am a Portsmouth Football Club supporter. Last month following the club’s relegation to the fourth tier in English football and having been in Administration for three years, the club was bought by its fans. Portsmouth (Pompey) … Continue reading

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A tale of two dairies

As a good social historian I try really hard not sanctify the past. Yet in the course of the  research the interpretation of Crowe Street Cottages in Stowmarket, it’s hard not to feel a longing for a gentler age. Nos. … Continue reading

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Piecing together the Bury St Edmunds Round House

The re-erection of the old Round House that stood in Bury St Edmunds Cattle Market is an intriguing component of the current redevelopment at MEAL. Built in 1864 and sometimes referred to as the Settling House, the building was used … Continue reading

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The Countryside must be able to share in the White Heat of Culture

There have been quite a few blogs summarising the Culture Change conference at the National Theatre last week, two of the best are  Claire Antrobus and Mark Robinson. The event explored what cultural organisations would need to do to remain healthy, wise … Continue reading

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Why people in rural areas pay double for culture

The experience of the regeneration of the physical cultural infrastructure in rural Britain compares poorly to urban areas. In the last 15 years virtually every major town and city in the UK has enjoyed some form of rejuvenation. New commercial … Continue reading

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For a Big Society we need small worlds

I’ve been a long time admirer of Sue Clifford and the work of Common Ground. I’m very pleased she is to speak at this week’s Museums Sustainability and Growth conference in Norwich which MEAL has helped organise. Since the late … Continue reading

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