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Seat Of Learning

We have enjoyed a busy and well-travelled week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, (CHAC) near Yeovil.

We started the week by providing historical information on the Barwick Follies for a Radio Broadcast and then the week was centred on attending two South West Federation of Museums events. The first was the West of England Learning Symposium at the American Museum in Britain at Claverton Down, near Bath. Staff attended with volunteers.

Around 80 delegates attended the Symposium where the theme was “Measuring the Impact of Learning.” We enjoyed speakers in the morning on the theme of evaluation, followed by Case Studies from Bristol Culture and the Corinium Museum, Cirencester.

After lunch we shared a facilitated workshop on providing evidence for funding applications and sessions on formal learning and community engagement. These tended to be smaller discussion groups of 4 to 5 delegates with 5 minutes for each speaker to outline a project they would like to realise within their museum and then the other people in the group to suggest ideas to help. The only problem was that most of the time was taken up discovering all the exciting things about each everyone’s museums!

The second event was “Making the Most of Working with Young People and Schools” at the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, Dorset. The day’s agenda identified how different organisations currently work with young people; introducing RIO (Real Ideas Organisation) our Trainers for the day; working with schools and current relationships and links to the curriculum. We also enjoyed a case study from the Learning and Access Manager at Poole Museum.

This training was useful for CHAC to see what we currently do to help young people in our community, including work experience and the Yeovil College Degree Students, but also to suggest other opportunities, especially links between the collection and specific parts of the curriculum, including gloving, First Flight Over Everest and changes over time in Yeovil using photographs.

Intriguingly, we also had a thank you from a local Brownie Group following an activity we delivered, further strengthening our links with learning and young people.

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Jack the Treacle Eater Folly, one of the Barwick Follies, photographed in the mid-1950s.

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An Education in themselves

We have enjoyed a busy an exciting week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, (CHAC) Yeovil, Somerset.

Highlights so far have included sorting out the finds to go back to Ham Hill; ordering our list of preservation materials; arranging a radio interview with Somerset Sound on the Barwick Follies and completing our order to attend the South West Federation Learning Symposium at the American Museum in Britain, near Bath on Wednesday 8th March 2017 with two of our volunteers.

Donations this week include a selection of Yeovil High School magazines dating from autumn 1947 to autumn 1953. Yeovil High School for Girls was based at 45, The Park, Yeovil. The ‘last ever’ Yeovil High School magazine was produced in Autumn 1973 prior to the school joining with Yeovil (boys) School and Summerleaze Secondary Modern School in 1974 as Westfield Comprehensive School.

The magazines are an education in themselves as they describe the prefects, examinations and the trips out including a visit to Bristol described in French and an expedition to Maiden Castle. There are also further links to Yeovil with trips to see an exhibition of dolls at Denners and in the ‘Old Girls’ Section, a number of girls were working at Aplin & Barrett. There is also some invaluable advice of gym attire!

Intriguingly, the donor had only a short time to complete the entry forms before departing for another appointment; CHAC being just one stop of the day on a lengthy list. However, when we opened up the summer 1948 Edition, we also discovered pieces of paper and two photographs tucked inside. These were a Speech Day; A Carol Service; A list of characters in a play entitled “Prunella or Love in a Dutch Garden,” and the photographs were possibly corresponding images of either the carol service or “Prunella.”

We amended the entry form and sent a copy to the donor. We continue to be amazed and delighted by the objects and associated history that still come to light and which people have the grace to donate to the Centre, in line with our collecting policy.

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Examples from a recent donation of Yeovil High School Magazines. Note the Motto: “Palma Non Sine Pulvere” = Victory not without toil or ‘Dare to Try’ which seems to be the motto of many schools at the time. The pupil’s name and Class is also a great ‘human interest’ connection.