Learning and Outreach Conference 2009


Is England's Past for Everyone? Learning and Outreach in the Historic Environment
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 October 2009
Armada House, Bristol

Aimed at local authorities, museums, heritage organisations, teachers and learning professionals and those interested in setting up and running volunteer projects, our conference provided a valuable opportunity to share ideas, contribute to best practise debate and influence policy and decision makers in the heritage sector. On this page you will find images, reports and presentations from the conference. If you would like to comment on our findings and discussions please email info@victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk

'I thought the topic was so important, discussed so widely and so relevant that I would like to see more conferences like this.'

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR. Images © Sarah Cole

Read the Conference Report 

Day one:

Chair, Don Henson, Head of Education, Council for British Archaeology

Learning and living together
Baroness Kay Andrews, Chair, English Heritage

Presentation 1
An introduction to England's Past for Everyone
Catherine Cavanagh, Project Manager, England's Past for Everyone

Panel 1
New and traditional approaches to publishing local history (Abstract)
Chair: Noel Osborne, Chair, Phillimore & Co. Ltd
John Chandler, Publisher and freelance historian
Elizabeth Williamson, Architectural Editor, Victoria County History
John Hudson, Head of Publishing, English Heritage

England's Past and the local community: regional and national narratives (Abstract)
Michael Wood, Film maker and author

Presentation 2
Local history online and in the media
Simon Townley, County Editor and EPE Team Leader, Oxfordshire VCH (Abstract) (Slides)
Justin Champion, Professor of History and Head of Department, Royal Holloway (Abstract) (Slides)

Presentation 3
Online history resources for schools 
Hilary Jones, Education Publishing Manager, English Heritage (Abstract) (Slides)
Catherine McHarg, NMR Education Officer

Day two:

Chair, Simon Townley, County Editor and EPE Team Leader, Oxfordshire VCH

Hampton Court Palace in Henry VIII's special year (Abstract) (Slides)
Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces

Panel 1
Partnership and funding (Abstract)
Chair: Robert Gent, Assistant Director, Cultural and Community Services, Derbyshire County Council
Anthea Case, Chair, Heritage Link (Slides)
Jo Reilly, Head of Participation and Learning, Heritage Lottery Fund (Slides)
Ben Cowell, Assistant Director, External Affairs, National Trust (Slides)

Presentation 1
Developing successful outreach projects
Rob Wilson-North, Historic Environment Manager, Exmoor National Park Authority (Abstract) (Slides)
Karen Garvey, Gallery Lead (Living Bristol), Museum of Bristol, Bristol City Council (Abstract) (Slides)

Presentation 2
Volunteers and fieldwork - successes and challenges in recruiting and training volunteers
David Clark, Secretary, Oxfordshire Buildings Record (Abstract) (Slides)
Eloise Markwick, Historic Environment Project Officer, Coventry City Council (Abstract) (Slides)

Presentation 3
Working with schools and young people
Andy Holland, Project Officer for Education, Council for British Archaeology (Slides)
Ian Coles, Education Officer (Secondary Schools), London Transport Museum (Abstract)

Aretha George, Policy Advisor, Participation and Learning, Heritage Lottery Fund
Running volunteer projects (Slides)

Matthew Bristow, Historic Environment Research Manager, England's Past for Everyone
Using visual sources to understand the historic environment (Slides)

Andy Foyle, Independent Architectural Historian
Buildings of Bristol: City tour