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Raising our quality of life: The importance of investment in arts and culture. / Gilmore, Abigail.

London : Centre for Labour and Social Studies, 2014. 32 p.

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Gilmore A. Raising our quality of life: The importance of investment in arts and culture. London: Centre for Labour and Social Studies, 2014. 32 p.

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Gilmore, Abigail. / Raising our quality of life: The importance of investment in arts and culture. London : Centre for Labour and Social Studies, 2014. 32 p.

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