Once Upon A Festival – Suffolk Libraries

We love libraries!         In 1851 J.W.Hudson, speaking at the opening of the Mechanic’ and Apprentices’ Library in Liverpool, opined that a visit to the library would, for the reader, lead to them ‘…receiving cultivation, not in reading the latest accounts of mis-demeanours and local calamities…but in imbibing instruction and high gratification...

Artist in Residence, Culture LAB: Arts in the Community

We publish a continuous arts job feed here: Ipswich County Library Week-long, mixed media residency working in partnership with METAL Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August 2018               ‘As part of Year 1 of the Suffolk Libraries Arts Programme, we are inviting Suffolk artists to take over the...

JDRF Cambridge – Gala Dinner 12th June 2018

It has been a busy last quarter and we have not featured  JDRF, our favourite charity here at conversationsEAST. With a sparkling fund-raising event, a Gala Dinner, pending at Madingley Hall, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education this article rectifies our omission. This gourmet event will, in the surroundings of 16th Century Madingley Hall,...

Finnish art in the Public Domain

The Finnish National Gallery has made twelve thousand works of art available in the Public Domain. Free to use, they are licensed and distributed under the CC0 license. Not all of the Finnish national holdings have been released, but this substantial artistic trove can be deployed for teaching, as well as research and for commercial...

Whither libraries?

Article update: 28.10.2017  – A really sound article on the utility of libraries by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett –  No one needs libraries any more? What rubbish  from The Guardian of Thursday, 26th October, 2017. In it Cosslet takes to task the political pundit Andre Walker, for his omnipotent vision of the library service in the UK....

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year in 2018

It has been a hectic quarter in the run up to the end of an already busy 2017. At SmithMartin Towers we are working hard to get back to our regular publication rythm for ConversationsEast in the New Year. You can discover what we have achieved in terms of social enterprise development, literacy projects and...

Making new friends in Europe?

European Week of Regions & Cities Brussels 9-12th October 2017 A wide ranging sequence of workshops and event in Brussels, that will attract academics, poiticians and business organisations. We think there are elemental workshops that those of us, working in the social economy, will find useful. Particularly useful is the opportunity to build new networks...

Looking for 25 under 25?

Embed from Getty Images  Young people developing new ideas…   One of our editorial contributors is a member of The Internet Society, which as an organisation is now twenty five years old. We were excited to read his email about the latest prize programme being undertaken by the The Society. To celebrate this quarter century...

Bologna, books and biglietti

            “We hopped on the bus near the Ospedale Maggiore di Bologna, having purchased our biglietti for Euro 1.50, and found we could ride the autobus, through the medieval cobbled streets of the city, in any direction for ninety minutes”. Our Partnership team were in Bologna, Italy last week. We...

Project Torino – inclusive learning for visually impaired children…

Embed from Getty Images  Building blocks of code for young leaners – code creation in new ways from Microsoft   Microsoft researchers, at their Cambridge UK facilities, are in the midst of developing a new set of coding tools which will support children with additional sight needs in exploring the creation of code, commands and...