Kerry, our Liverpool based Project Coordinator shares her first week with us:
My first day working on the project involved a trip to the seaside! I travelled down to a bright and sunny Folkestone from Liverpool to take part in an induction and meet my new colleagues. I received a warm welcome at the Screen South offices and enjoyed meeting the team. I’m so excited to be involved in the History of Place project.
I also took part in an induction at my host organisation and project partner DaDaFest who are based within the Bluecoat in Liverpool city centre, an arts centre and exhibition venue with a great cafe! Again, I received a warm welcome and look forward to working with my host organisation colleagues.
I spent time making myself a ‘plan of action’-general reading on the Royal School for the Blind, who to contact, where to advertise Liverpool based activities and what training we could deliver to our members of our Volunteer Research and Archive Group.
To a former site of the Royal School for the Blind…
I took a walk up to Hardman Street, one of the former sites of the Royal School for the Blind. Now fully conserved and reused as ‘The Old Blind School’ restaurant, it was once (from 1850) a school and evidence of this can still be indentified on the building. Reliefs can be identified on the 1932 extension depicting crafts and skills taught to students such as brush making, basket weaving, piano tuning and reading Braille.
I’m really excited to recruit members to join the Volunteer Research and Archive Group based in Liverpool who will research the history of the school, help catalogue the rich archive of the school, conduct oral history interviews with former pupils and staff of the school and identify stories to share.
If you would like to get involved in the project or learn more about how you can get involved please complete our contact form http://historyofplace.wpengine.com.gridhosted.co.uk/volunteer/ or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you could call us on 01303 259 777