Rising to contemporary challenges: a role for the RSA

Fellowship Event

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Crichton Central, Dumfries

Join us for a fascinating discussion around the RSA's recently published 'Design for Life: to regenerate people place and planet'.

This event is set in the context of the RSA's recent 'Design for Life: to regenerate people, place and planet'. The aim is to encourage debate on issues of interest surrounding this, as well as any South-West Scotland project or role for the RSA which Fellows would like to bring to the meeting.

To find out more about 'Design for Life: To regenerate people, place and planet', please follow this visit this page.

This in-person event will be held at the Crichton Campus, in Duncan Room 1 of Easterbrook Hall.

With thanks to the Crichton Trust for hosting this event, the RSA invites both Fellows and any interested individuals to come along for a fascinating and enjoyable discussion.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided on arrival. If you have any dietary or access requirements, please get in touch and let us know.

If you have a specific project or topic you specifically wish to discuss at the meeting, please get in touch with the details of this no later than 5.00pm on Monday 29 August.


Our speakers for this event are Norma Austin Hart, Lord David Johnstone, Luke Moloney, Mark Geddes and Gwilym Gibbons.

“Rural and Countryside challenges” - Lord David Johnstone, Annandale Estates and former SLE Chairman, will offer a personal perspective referencing various land issues, as well as rural housing needs and his project to convert a traditional barn to create four energy efficient affordable homes. He will also discuss his links to, and engagement with, the local community development trust in Johnstonebridge.

“Achievements, Ambitions and Challenges” - Norma Austin Hart, CEO of Dumfries and Galloway Third Sector Initiative, will address the work of the organisation in recent years including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“South of Scotland Enterprise’s Approach to culture and heritage” - Mark Geddes, Creative and Cultural Capital Manage of South of Scotland Enterprise, will discuss the organisation's approach to culture and heritage.

“Current and Future Urban Heritage Challenges” - Luke Moloney will discuss current and future urban heritage challenges. Luke Moloney is an architect, a Trustee of the Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust, and a former Trustee of the Dumfries Music Club and the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

“Design for Life” - Gwilym Gibbons, Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust and RSA Fellow, will offer her perspective on 'Design for Life'.

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