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The Role of Literary Homes and Museums in Education
Fri 26 Nov 2004
The inaugural conference of this new network took place this week at Knebworth House, home of Edward Bulwer Lytton. An exciting range of education projects and future developments was discussed.
Writers whose homes and heritage sites were represented at the conference included: Shakespeare, Bunyan, Sterne, Cowper, Byron, Keats, the Brontes and Road Dahl.

There were also presentations from Trevor Millum (NATE) and Paul Munden (NAWE) exploring issues and challenges in developing education work and, in the case of NAWE, involving the contribution of contemporary writers. It was interesting to hear how a number of homes and musems already incorporate writing workshops in their programmes. Others involve writers in residence, and NAWE member Linda Cracknell described her work in residence at Hugh MacDiarmid's cottage in Biggar, Lanarkshire.

At a time when the Arts Council is undertaking a review of arts in rural areas, it is interesting to note how many of these literary homes fit into this category. They are centres of excellence which could be used to greater effect.

The network is now considering how best to share its resources and experience. Further information, including central contact details will be available in due course. In the meantime, please contact NAWE if you are interested in this area.
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