The excellent line-up, in full, is:
Matthew Ward, HistoryNeedsYou
The play's the thing!
Seriously engaging fun - historian and broadcaster Matthew Ward, of HistoryNeedsYou, will share his experiences in lighting the touch-paper of imagination, inspiring diverse audiences to have a passion for history and heritage. Matthew worked on three series of Horrible Histories and was the historian for the new BBC film Testament of Youth. HistoryNeedsYou works with a wide variety of organisations including heritage and educational bodies, broadcasters and cultural groups. Warning: this presentation may contain jokes.
Pyn Stockman and Mandy Ross, Secret City Arts
Out of the archive and onto the stage - creative performance-making with children and young people using historical research and archive images.
Matt Hinks, Big Brum: Talking about WW1 - The End of Reason 1914-1918
A talk about the creative and TiE process used at Highbury and plans for the Taking 2 audio project.
Gemma Dhami, Museum Development Officer for Worcestershire, and Rachel Shepherd, Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove
Animating Worcestershire's Museums runs from April 2014 to March 2015 and has been a collaborative project between 6 museums in Worcestershire to create a quality costumed interpretation offer in the county. As part of the project we have had a huge amount of costume produced, provided a number of training days and created an online volunteer recruitment portal.
Rachel Sharpe, Croome Redefined, Local Partnerships Officer
Developing Live Interpretation – The Do’s and the Don’ts!
Rachel has worked as a teacher, writer, director and outreach officer for the past 18 years. From leading Europe’s largest cultural heritage site-specific community performance, to her current role at the National Trust developing a live interpretation offer which tells Croome’s unique stories in a very different way! Croome Encounters has been a huge success for the property, taking visitor experience to the max; not only rehearsing in front of visitors but making them part of the audition process. Rachel’s workshop will take you through their journey, an honest account of what did and didn’t work, with lessons you can apply at your own museum or property.
Tickets are £10 for members, £15 for non-members and are available by emailing Sue Pope, Learning, Volunteering and Partnerships Manager, Museums Worcestershire.