Making Futures will be held on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September 2017 within the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe estate on the River Tamar opposite the city of Plymouth, Devon, UK.


Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park

Across the river Tamar from the historic city of Plymouth lies Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park. The house is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe and is set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park.

Mount Edgcumbe House was built between 1547 and 1553. For the first time in England a house of this size and import was built to take advantage of the wonderful situation and views rather than as defensive quarters built around a courtyard. Nonetheless, the banqueting hall adjoining the house was damaged in the Civil War, and the house was to see many changes to its structure over the years, none more dramatic than in 1941, when the house was gutted by enemy bombs. 1958 saw the beginning of reconstruction, when the 6th Earl restored the house to its original 16th century proportions.

The Country Park was the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall. Today it is made up of Grade I listed gardens and 55 Grade II listed structures and boasts magnificent estuary and coastal views - indeed, the South West Coastal Footpath runs through the park. The deer that also roam freely through the parkland are descendents of those that were emparked there after Sir Piers Edgcumbe was given permission by King Henry VIII to keep in 1515.

In 1971 the house together with the Country Park was sold to Cornwall County and Plymouth City Councils. It has been open to the general public on a regular basis since 1988 and is one of the region’s most popular historic tourist destinations.

The house is now beautifully restored to the 18th century style, in keeping with the furniture and family treasures it holds, all of which have family connections. Features include paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Gerard Edema and William van der Velde, Irish Bronze Age horns, 16th century tapestries and 18th century Chinese and Plymouth porcelain.


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The City of Plymouth:

Plymouth nestles in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with Dartmoor National Park to the north, the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound to the south, and the river Plym and Tamar on either side. Its rich history and maritime heritage combine the advantages of city living with the benefits of having the countryside and coastline of Devon and Cornwall on its doorstep.

Proud of its place in history, Plymouth’s past has played an important role in shaping the destiny of the British nation as much as the city – from the Pilgrim Fathers sailing out on the Mayfair to Sir Francis Drake spotting the Spanish Armada from the Hoe.


Currently experiencing sustained redevelopment, Plymouth is a growing city - from Drake Circus, a multimillion pound shopping complex, to the redeveloped Barbican waterfront with cafes, bars and restaurants. Everywhere the city is on the move: the South West has the largest concentration of designer-makers outside of London, and the city community is brimming with creativity - from the artistic hub of the Barbican, the exhibitions and independent films of Plymouth Arts Centre, to the Plymouth College of Art Gallery (which will feature an exhibition by the international furniture maker Gareth Neal during the conference), to the City Museum and Arts Gallery, the Peninsula Arts Gallery and to the many other galleries and exhibiting spaces. The city’s creative industries include solo artists, craftsmen and musicians through to small media companies, theatres and large media conglomerates.