Local Heritage Initiative Project - "Heritage in Our Hands"
This scheme awarded a grant of £23,100 to the Friends of Coggeshall Grange Barn for:
Activity within the project broadly fell into four categories:
The project has its own page on the LHI web site - Heritage in Our Hands. It officially ended on 31 October 2009 but some participants will continue their activities informally after that date.
2009 National Trust Spring Conference
2008 National Trust Volunteer and Supporter Conference
In November 2008, Brian Smith (Chairman - the Friends of Coggeshall Barn) and Sarah Barfoot (National Trust Community Learning Officer) attended the first National Trust Volunteer and Supporter Conference, held at the Holiday Inn, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. After a welcome from Mark Crosby (Head of Volunteering), a poem by poet-in-residence Jo Bell and a short visual presentation, delegates listened to an address by Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE (Director-General) about the National Trust's current strategy.
This was followed by a short question-and-answer session with representatives from three examples of the strategy in action, pictured left; Susan Stephens (Working Holiday Leader), Gareth North (Family Advisor - London Voices project) and Brian (our own Heritage in Our Hands project).
were morning and afternoon workshops where delegates discussed their roles
in engaging supporters and explored their experiences of volunteering with
the National Trust. There was another Q & A session featuring a
panel of senior staff including Fiona and Mark. Jo the poet had been
busy, working with delegates' suggestions, and read an hilarious but
thoughtful poem she had composed. Reviews of the day's activities
followed from delegate Anne Lavery and Fiona before Mark's closing
comments brought the proceedings to an end. The consensus among
delegates was that it had been a valuable and enjoyable experience.
The Museum of St. Albans, October 2008
Members of the project group visited The Museum of St. Albans, Hertfordshire for a guided tour of the Salaman Collection, one of the best public collections of tools in the UK and perhaps the only display to feature tools in general. As well as being an enjoyable experience the visit is sure to prove useful in helping project members and National Trust staff to decide how best to display the Saunders Tools Collection at Grange Barn.
Thanks are due to Chris Green, the Museums and Heritage Officer, for conducting the tour and providing a very interesting talk, also to Sheila Hannan and Jeff Andrews for providing transport.
2008 National Trust Spring Conference
In April 2008, Brian Smith (Chairman - the Friends of Coggeshall Barn) and Sarah Barfoot (National Trust Community Learning Officer) were invited to attend the National Trust's Spring Conference, held at STEAM (The Museum of the Great Western Railway), Swindon, Wiltshire.
There they presented a display of the project's activities, including a small selection from the Saunders Tools Collection and extracts from its cataloguing data. The exhibit attracted the attention of many of those attending including Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE, the National Trust's Director-General (pictured right).
Photographs © Brian Smith and Sarah Barfoot 2009 except St. Albans Museum exterior