Press release from Cotswold District Council. Release date: 18 July 2017
Volunteers are required to help give a new lease of life to an important Rural Life Collection. The Corinium Museum is working in partnership with the Cotswold Conservation Board (CCB) to preserve the Rural Life collection housed at the Discovery Centre in Northleach. A £4,000 grant from the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and contributions from the Cotswold Museums Charitable Trust will fund the project.
Volunteers can find out more or sign up during a registration drop-in event at the Discovery Centre in Northleach on Wednesday 6 September from 10am until 2pm. Free training sessions will then take place in September delivered by experienced conservator George Monger. The training will be designed to demonstrate safe preservation methods to clean and treat the Rural Life collection.
At the heart of the collection is a group of 23 farm wagons and carts, one of the largest publicly-owned regional collections anywhere in the country. Of particular importance are the examples of Cotswold and Gloucestershire styles of traditional farm wagons. Made in village workshops, these reflect the topography and farming traditions of their area and are truly distinctive, including a fascinating mix of bow and box type wagons.
James Harris, the Corinium Museum Collections and Engagement Officer, says: “Volunteers will be at the centre of this project. This is a chance for local people who want to offer their time, learn some new skills, and to meet others with similar interests, all working towards a vitally important cause. It is my aim to develop a project which will run for consecutive summers. No prior experience is necessary, other than a good level of fitness and a willingness to get stuck in.”
Richard Watson Visitor, Events and Interpretation Officer at the CCB, adds: “It’s great news that the Corinium Museum has been successful in obtaining the funding for work to start on the rural life collection. This will offer an interesting volunteering opportunity for anyone looking to develop their engineering or conservation skills and work as part of a small team to improve the condition of the collection. It should be very satisfying to look back and see the difference the work has made.”
Volunteers can sign up to the project online by visiting http://corinium.volunteermakers.org or by contacting James at the Corinium Museum, email@example.com.
Lodge Park is a unique 17th century grandstand on the Sherborne estate looked after by the National Trust. We had a successful year in 2016 welcoming 11,311 visitors and holding events such as the 17th century re-enactment group ‘The Household’. In February 2017 we will be re-opening for the new season offering a variety of volunteer opportunities.
We are looking for friendly, proactive people to help give an excellent welcome to visitors; share the history of Lodge Park as well as head guided tours around the Bridgeman landscape. We are open Friday-Sunday from 11th February until 28th May and then Friday, Sunday, Monday from 2nd June – 2nd October. We offer the opportunity to engage with members of the public as well as help conserve our local heritage in a beautiful part of the Cotswolds.
If you feel this would suit you then contact Lodge Park directly on 01451 844130. When the venue is closed (as it will be during the winter), please leave a message on the phone with your name and contact details and you will receive a call back as the property is checked regularly over the closed season. Alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find Lodge Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NTLodgePark/ or on Twitter @NTLodgePark.
At NatWest we know there are lots of fantastic groups of local people making a difference in their community. I am sure you can think of some in your ward. This is why I want to appeal to you, to help spread the word about CommunityForce to these local groups.
In each of our local markets we will be offering three community projects the chance to win awards of £6,000 each. And it will not be us that decide the winners, but local people, your residents, who know the projects and what will benefit your area most.
NatWest CommunityForce is more than just financial support; it is about connecting people to projects. Groups can also ask for help in the shape of volunteering time and expertise from local people on our website.
If you know a local charity, organisation or group which you think would benefit, please ask them to register at: http://communityforce.natwest.com/ by 4th September.
Our goal is to make sure that the Government support we have received is paid back in every sense. Part of that is about supporting the communities in which we work and CommunityForce is one way in which we hope to do that.
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