THINGS BRITISH - the gift shop where everything is handcrafted by British designer makers.
1.11 Kingly Court
Mon-Sat 10 - 7 Sun 10 - 6
THINGS BRITISH was created to support and promote a community – a thriving network of designer makers from all corners of Britain. From ceramics to furniture, jewellery to glass, metalwork to textiles - designer makers have played a massive role in the social, cultural and artistic history of Britain.
For centuries, Britain was a nation of makers and society was built around such skills. In these modern times, however, life is very different indeed. Practical making skills that formed the basic fabric of our society are disappearing and have all but been replaced by mass production and a society where a "disposable" attitude had become almost standard. It is only in recent times that people have started to think seriously about reviving and preserving these skills - before they are lost forever.
"Out of a population of more than 60 million people, less than 0.01% professionally practice making skills today."
Designer makers are a part of our culture and society that need to be recognised and celebrated. Making skills have started to grow and bloom over the last few years. THINGS BRITISH aims to help support, nurture and preserve British crafting skills and jobs and to celebrate our ever-evolving British cultural society.
THINGS BRITISH is an innovative, contemporary new business designed from the start to help and support British designer makers by providing a much needed network of retail shops and support. More than a shop - it’s a gallery, a museum and a fun place to socialise and learn about British craft. The aim is to become the largest retail brand destination for things handcrafted, unique and special, backed by an appreciation from the public that eagerly wants to support and buy British. Help support our British designer makers by visiting us. Show that special someone you really care by finding something unique, special and quirky that was handcrafted in Britain by one of Britain's talented designer makers.
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