One of the hottest days of the year so far formed the backdrop to an event held yesterday to celebrate the end of our second tranche of traineeships. Anne Hannaford, University of Worcester,welcomed everyone and opened proceedings by reminding us of where the project had come from, and of our aim to provide skills and training for the next generation of leaders in the heritage sector. She ended by quoting from a Museum’s Journal articlewhich recognised the strength of the partnership working in the Heritage sector in Worcester.
Next we heard from one of the supervisors – David Morrison at the Cathedral Library – who talked about how the Cathedral Library had gained from hosting a trainee, including the preparation of some high quality displays and the development of social media activities at the Library.
Following on from David, Sue Pope from Museums Worcestershire introduced the part of the programme focussing on the trainees. We viewed one of the five films that have recently been produced about each trainee and their placements (these films will shortly be available to view via this website), and then heard speeches from three of the five trainees – Kerry, Dee and Lucy. These excellent talks gave us a real insight into the experiences and learning each had gained over the last 15 months.
Reyahn King from Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands spoke next, providing the wider context of the Skills for the Future programme, and also talking about how much she had enjoyed hearing from the trainees themselves. Reyahn then presented each trainee with a certificate to mark the completion of their traineeship.
Councillor Pam Davey, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, brought proceedings to a close, describing her own experience of the importance of having skilled professionals in the heritage sector to provide support and guidance of those undertaking voluntary research activities.
Tea and some superb cake provided an opportunity for further networking and conversation, and to view displays of some of the work of the trainees.
The event rounded off what has been an excellent 15 months of learning and achievement, and we look forward to welcoming our next tranche of trainees – they have much to live up to!