Shropshire Council

Shropshire Cultural Strategy

Event details

  • Price: Free

The Shropshire Cultural Strategy Working Group (CSWG), a partnership of representatives of 16 organisations from across Shropshire’s cultural sector, has commissioned FEI (Festivals & Events International) to help the sector develop a cultural strategy for Shropshire.

The aim of the strategy is to raise the profile and quality of culture across Shropshire. The final strategy will focus on an ambitious, clear and deliverable vision.

CSWG are seeking help with collating the existing evidence base and results from the consultation in 2017 by consulting a broad range of stakeholders and developing a new draft strategy for public consultation.

To this end, we would like to invite you to attend a Cultural Strategy workshop. This is an open invitation to all cultural organisations and individuals working, or with an interest, in Shropshire’s culture. We would love to see you at one of the workshops. Please also pass this email on to your networks and colleagues and invite them to attend.

Consultation with the sector is key. We are planning three workshops to provide the opportunity for people to share their plans and ambitions, contribute ideas, identify gaps and celebrate good practice from across the sector and the region.

We would like to meet representatives from:

  • Museums
  • Archives
  • Libraries
  • Country parks
  • Natural heritage sites
  • Historic environment
  • Arts
  • Leisure and sports
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Visitor economy
  • Food and drink

...and anyone else involved in the creative and cultural industries across Shropshire.

Each workshop will have the same format, so please just book for one. They are designed as an opportunity for everyone to be involved, connect with others and collaborate.

Dates

Craven Arms Community Centre

Thursday 21 November 2019, 10:15am – 1:15pm

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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Thursday 21 November 2019, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

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Wem Town Hall

Friday 22 November 2019, 10am – 1pm

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The workshops will be facilitated using the World Café format. This is a flexible consultation method that puts the community at the heart of conversations and creates a safe and flexible space for dialogue, conversation and comment. It works on the assumption that the ‘wisdom is in the room’, and is powered by what can be achieved by a small group of committed people around a table having a conversation.

What do we mean by 'culture'?

At one level, ‘culture’, is about places to go and things to do. It includes arts, sports, libraries, reading, museums, heritage, archaeology, archives, architecture, crafts, children’s play, parks, open spaces and green networks, natural heritage, historic buildings, countryside recreation, food and drink, leisure, tourism and the cultural and creative industries.

However, culture is about much more than this. It is also:

  • Our sense of identity – as individuals and as a society – the connections we feel with where we live and the people we live among
  • Our spiritual, intellectual and emotional wellbeing
  • Our traditions, beliefs and values

In short, it is about what makes us distinctive and how we choose to express this at community or individual level.

The use of culture to refresh neighbourhoods, improve the physical environment, offer places to go and things to do, increase local pride and a desire to stay in that place, and build stronger communities is well established. Cultural assets contribute social, economic and environmental benefits: encouraging better physical and mental health, reducing loneliness and isolation, contributing to regeneration, attracting new and increased investment and creating jobs and opportunities for local people. Culture and heritage also offer fantastic opportunities to educate, inspire and encourage people of all ages to aspire to a better tomorrow.

A Cultural Strategy for Shropshire will build on the exceptional culture and heritage of the county to collaboratively set a new five-year strategic direction that puts culture at the heart of future development.

The strategy will aim to include some practical ‘big ideas’ and consider longer term objectives alongside ‘low hanging fruit’ where impact can be delivered quickly.

For more information on the Cultural Strategy, or on culture and heritage at Shropshire Council, please contact:

Clare Featherstone, email: clare.featherstone@shropshire.gov.uk and Alexa Pugh, email: alexa.pugh@shropshire.gov.uk