Katy England, whom some of us remember as acting Volunteer Co-ordinator a year or two ago, and organiser (with Owain Hughes) of the ArchFest triumphs of 2015 and 2016, is now co-ordinating a new HLF project at the Museum called City Story.
The project, which is being generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Grant, aims to involve youngsters with museum related activities and this has evolved into a series of regular after-school sessions and a number of Saturday and school-day workshops. The activities in the Museum focus on the Salisbury History and Costume Collections – hence City Story.
Part of the project is a Sketchpad Club every Tuesday after school for 11 – 13 year olds and Wednesdays for 14 – 18 year olds. The young people who come along have the chance to work with real artists creating work inspired by the collections.
One group, coming in regularly for art-based activities and using the Museum for inspiration, is the Young Carers. These are young people, aged between 11 and 13 whose parents have difficulties and so the children have to take on some of the responsibilities at home. Youth Action Wiltshire work with organisations like the Museum to provide respite activities for these children.
Another element to the project is half or full day workshops for secondary school and college groups. Visiting artists provide tutoring and inspiration for the students on these.
If you know of youngsters who might like to come along, or if you would like to help at any of these sessions, and perhaps have some expertise, please let us know.