HumanKind discussion, Calke Abbey – 12 March 2019

Exploring the role cultural organisations can play in encouraging us to think about loneliness, challenge stigma, and act to end it

Tuesday 12th March, 2.30-4.30pm

Learning Room, Calke Abbey (free admission)

Today, as awareness grows of the enormous challenges posed by loneliness and the harmful impact of social isolation on more and more lives, how can cultural organisations present stories and insights and utilise their incredible resources to challenge stigma, get people talking, and prompt all of us to make small but significant changes in our lives to address this pressing social issue?

Join us in a discussion of these issues and hear from diverse perspectives, including:

  • Kate Jopling - author of the Jo Cox commission report 'Combatting loneliness one conversation at a time: a call for action'
  • Suzanne MacLeod - Professor of Museum Studies, University of Leicester
  • Alison Thornhill - Community and Engagement Manager, Calke Abbey (National Trust)
  • Paul Cann - Co-founder of the Campaign to End Loneliness and Chair of Entelechy Arts
  • Laura Phillips - Head of Interpretation and Display at Derby Museum & Art Gallery

This session is for anyone working to combat isolation and loneliness and for cultural organisations interested in finding out more.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To book your place please call 01332 695310 or RSVP to

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