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21st Century Challenges

Thought-provoking talks on geographical issues. 21st Century Challenges is the Society's discussion series that aims to improve public understanding of, and engagement with, some of the big issues likely to affect our lives and society in the coming years.

Made in Britain?

Wednesday 25 March 2015, 7.00pm

  • Exhibition Road doors open at 6.00pm
  • Admittance is by ticket only

Manufacturing is going through a revolution. Robots are increasing efficiency and 3D printing, the Maker movement and online market places such as Etsy are democratising the sector. Global markets continue to fluctuate and the UK’s heavy industry of the 1960’s has been replaced with high-value goods such as pharmaceuticals, electronics and aerospace. These changes are bringing important challenges and opportunities to the economy, jobs, skills and innovation and sustainability.

How can the UK adapt in order to support economic growth and resilience? Where are the factories of the future and what will they make? And how can we build on our proud history to make a manufacturing powerhouse fit for the 21st Century?

Join us and our expert panel as they discuss the future of manufacturing.


Peter Marsh (Chair), author of 'The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production' and former Manufacturing Editor at the Financial Times.

Will Butler-Adams OBE FRGS, Managing Director, Brompton Bicycle

Dr Eddie Kirkby, Charity & Operations Support Manager at The Manufacturing Institute and Fab Lab.

Simon Middleton, Founder of The Shackleton brand

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