Our Team

Banana fibre doll from GLADE’s Uganda Collection
Product Worker on A Place Called Home, & Heritage Associate with GLADE

Ingrid Edginton

Ingrid has worked in primary education as a class teacher, Global Teacher, Special Needs Co-ordinator and Head of School. She has always had a keen interest in global learning and development education. She runs a floristry business, developed from her experience of growing plants and understanding their cultural symbolism and uses. She is a co-founder of Nightingale, an organisation supporting Ukrainian refugees, hosts and volunteers in the community.

­­­­­­­Ingrid chose this doll from the GLADE Uganda Collection as her favourite item, as she has fond memories of her time in Ugandan schools; it represents her support for Children’s Rights and International Protection and symbolises her passion for sustainable horticulture – this doll is handmade from a dried banana leaf.

PRODUCT WORKER ON A PLACE CALLED HOME, & HERITAGE ASSOCIATE WITH GLADE

Luan MacDonald

Luan was born in England. She is Irish-Malaysian and spent her childhood in The UK and Malaysia. She has a degree in Interactive Fine Arts and a degree in Nursing and Social Work. Luan has worked for 20 years with people with learning disabilities. She moved to Somerset in 2009 and is active in community cultural events.  Luan was appointed as Heritage Associate in May 2023 and is one of the project team devising workshops, trying out new activities at community events and encouraging people to take part in new conversations around home and heritage in Somerset.

Luan chose the old camera, as it reminds her of precious family photos and the need we all have to capture and preserve memories.

Wooden printing blocks in GLADE’s Uganda & India Collections
PRODUCT WORKER ON A PLACE CALLED HOME, & HERITAGE ASSOCIATE WITH GLADE

Vera Courinha Marques

Vera is a Portuguese Artist and came to Somerset in 2013. She is very interested in developing collaborative artworks and workshops in the community. She enjoys building relationships with her peers to bring Art to our day to day lives and as a response to stimulus materials around home and heritage. She brings creativity and a sense of exhibition to activities and project delivery.

Vera’s two favourite objects are from GLADE’s Uganda Collection and these are printing plates to print patterns into fabric.
“As an artist I really appreciate it’s beauty and it’s craftsmanship. Symbols are very important in cultures around the world and I am looking forward to develop work by exploring printing techniques and personal artist development by collaborating and sharing experiences. “

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PRODUCT WORKER ON A PLACE CALLED HOME, & HERITAGE ASSOCIATE WITH GLADE

Susann Savidge

Susann was appointed as Heritage Associate in May 2023 and is one of the project team liaising to gather and curate collections of memorable items, heritage and cultural objects, books, photos, arts and crafts, homeware.  She is keen to encourage ownership of a flow of memories, anecdotes, knowledge, perspectives & new conversations around home and heritage in Somerset.

Susann chose 2 percussion instruments; originating in West Africa, these shakers are found in the Caribbean and in Europe as peoples have migrated, by force or by choice and held on to music, stories and creativity.

West Africa music collection
Coffee pot from GLADE’s Ethiopia Collection
PRODUCT LEAD ON A PLACE CALLED HOME

Lynn Cutler

Lynn’s passion for community development and lifelong learning comes from work travel overseas. She enjoys bringing people together, devising activities to ease conversations along, helping people of all ages find their own response to global and local challenges. She has helped the GLADE Centre develop their CONNECT, CHALLENGE, CHANGE approach for a range of focus areas, including community heritage & intercultural understanding.

Lynn chose this coffee pot from Ethiopia. She had her eyes opened to the coffee culture that runs deep in Ethiopia, and in the diaspora community, shaping that feeling of togetherness and conversation that happens when coffee is being prepared.

GLADE Associate – Website Management

George Hodges

George runs Kernel IT Services, a locally-based independent IT business in Taunton. He has been working with GLADE since 2022, providing specialist glade.org website. He designs and manages the website for the ‘A Place Called Home’ project. If you’re interested in Kernel’s services, do check them out on their website – kernelitservices.co.uk.

George likes the motorbike crafted from pre-used cans. From the 3Rs Collection and made in Ghana, this motorbike prompts his memories of from being a teenager, developing his father’s motorcycle shop’s website!

Motorbike from GLADE’s 3Rs Collection