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Sustainability Project Sharing Day
28th March 2018, Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ
Kelmscott Manor invites museums from around the area to come and find out more about their Arts Council England Resilience funded sustainability project and the Manor's plans, and to hear about what they have learnt.
In a time of political and economic uncertainty and an ever increasing demand on resources, Kelmscott Manor is looking for innovative ways to increase its profile and become more sustainable so that the Manor and its heritage will continue to attract visitors and be maintained for future generations. The day will feature talks about the project and also a talk by a professional fundraiser with a specialism in museums.
Lunch will be provided and a tour of the beautiful property will also be offered. The manor, famed for their cream teas, has been described as an 'utterly beautiful slice of heaven', and this is a day not to be missed!
Kent Museums and Student Volunteers networking event a great success
On Tuesday 2nd June, the Museum Development Programme and the University of Kent's School of History hosted staff and volunteers from around twenty local museums and heritage organisations in Kent. It is hoped this is the first of an annual networking and volunteering day with Kent students.
The aim of this event was to bring museum staff from the local area to campus and provide them with an opportunity to find out about what the School and the University does to help their students develop their employability skills, and to showcase how our students might be able to support museums and heritage organisations and their projects through work experience placements, volunteering, and internships. There was also a chance to meet with current Kent students who are interested in undertaking volunteering opportunities in the heritage sector.
Groups from across Kent came along, including staff from national organisations such as the National Trust and English Heritage, to local museums and groups such as the Powell-Cotton Museum at Birchington, the RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum, and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. Delegates listened to talks from Kent Union about how it trains its volunteers, from the National Trust about their experience working with volunteers (the organisation has over 70,000 volunteers nationally!), and to staff from the University about how and why they could and should engage with the University and their students.
The event was a great success, particularly the main event of the day, the networking lunch. Students and staff met and discussed the interests and ways in which they could benefit one another in the future, and we look forward to seeing what opportunities develop out of these conversations.
The School is always interested in engaging with groups and organisations in order to benefit their students, and to help students discover ways to enhance their employability prospects through volunteering and work experience. If you would like to get involved with the School, please contact Jon Beer via email (J.Beer@kent.ac.uk) or by telephone (01227 827339).