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The Museum of English Rural Life

University of Reading

Redlands Road



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Tanya Harrod: Archaic Modernists

January 31st 2017 | 12-1pm

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Date January 31st 2017
Time 12-1pm
Cost Free


The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX
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'The tangible and Intangible Countryside' Speaker Series

In this series of lunchtime talks, leading contemporary writers and researchers will address the theme of ‘The Tangible and Intangible Countryside’. They will look at various material dimensions of rural culture, while also thinking about processes, sounds and experiences of the countryside that cannot be touched or held. The series ties in with the MERL’s current ACE-funded ‘Museum of the Intangible’ project, led by Dr. Ollie Douglas.

Tanya Harrod ‘Archaic Modernists: women, textiles and the margins of Europe’

Tanya Harrod is the author of the prize-winning The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century (Yale University Press 1999). With Glenn Adamson and Edward S. Cooke she is the editor of 'The Journal of Modern Craft'. 'The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew, modern pots, colonialism and the counterculture' won the 2012 James Tait Black Prize for biography. Her latest book is The Real Thing: essays on making in the modern world (2015).

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