St. Pol de Leon Church Activity Plan

Sacrifice Remembered:
Celebrating peace through the restoration of a significant
First World War memorial window

ORAL HISTORY PROJECT BRIEF

Background
The project is centred on St Pol de Leon church at Paul, a Grade I Listed church near Penzance, in Cornwall. The church was founded by the Celtic Saint Paul Aurelian in the 5th century, with most of the current building reconstructed around 1600 after the considerable damage to the church by the Spanish attack in 1595; in the north aisle can be found ‘scorched’ stone pillars dating from the 12th century that survived the Spanish raid. Some Norman traces have been found under the floor of the church.
The focus of this project is the very fine First World War memorial East Window, erected in memory of William Torquil MacLeod Bolitho who fell in action at Chateau Hooge during the second battle of Ypres in May 1915. The window was designed by Robert Anning Bell, a leading member of the Arts and Crafts Movement and it is unique in using the subject of Sir Galahad as its main feature and on its emphasis on the personal history of its dedicatee.
Other features of interest in the church include a number of memorials, including the Solomon Browne memorial remembering the crew of the lifeboat lost in December 1981, and there is a strong theme of sacrifice for the wider community. The monument to the Three Johns in the South aisle, recounts the tragic loss of John Badcock, John Bryant and John Pearce who were members of a Missionary Band to Tierra del Fuego; the whole party perished for want and exposure. Outside the church can be found the memorial to Dolly Pentreath, probably the last known monoglot speaker of Cornish.
Acoustically, the church is one of the best in West Cornwall and so is regularly used for musical concerts by organisations such as the IMS and Mousehole Male Voice Choir.
The immediate need for the project is the preservation of the memorial window which is a poor condition and makes the project time critical. The longer-term need is to safeguard the other heritage connected to the church through developing facilities and infrastructure offering a sustainable future.
Activity
To work alongside a group of volunteers for 6 months providing a series of coaching sessions covering the various stages of creating oral history, what it entails (i.e. permissions, licensing, editing etc.) and to start collating oral history and digitising archival material, for a resource to use in future activities and accessible via the website. Archive to be shared and explained during project final celebration event. Aim to build a basic collection of oral history archive about people’s experiences with war/conflict, their connection with the church’s heritage and other aspects of community life in Paul.
The work should be based on a variety of themes, looking at several of the memorials, the focus being on people and place.

Target audience
Regular worshippers and church volunteers, local residents, regular hall users, holiday makers, military veterans and special interest groups.

Benefits for People
New opportunity for volunteering will attract more people to volunteer from the wider community (i.e. non- church goers). People will have developed new skills that will have lasting impact beyond project life. People will be motivated to continue collecting in accordance with good practice. Participant’s memories and contributions will be better captured and shared with others. More people will be involved and interviewees will have increased self-esteem by feeling their memories are valued and will be drawn into the project.

Outcomes for Paul Church
A collection of resources both hard copy and digital to be accessible to a wide range of users and presented in a sympathetic way to the fabric of the church. Use of innovative and creative methods of sharing oral history.

Outcomes for HLF
The heritage of the church is better managed, in better condition and better interpreted, explained, identified and recorded. More people will have developed skills. Wider range of people will have engaged with the heritage. More people will have volunteered. People will have had a memorable experience. Our community will be a better place to live.

Resources
Participation Officer (2 days) to facilitate. Volunteer Coordinator (4 days) to manage alongside professional

Budget
£8000

Timetable
Jan-Sept 2018

Targets and Measures of Success
20 half-day sessions for volunteers. Group of trained Oral history volunteers meet regularly. At least one visit to an existing archive, digital database set-up, at least 5 interviews completed, increased number of volunteers, positive participant feedback.

Methods of Evaluation
Number of volunteers on register and in attendance of workshops; digital resources present; feedback report from archive visit; surveys.

Please submit your application by 22nd October 2017 to Rev. Andrew Yates at srotruro@btinternet.com.

Please include a detailed budget, examples of other projects you have worked on and contact details for 2 references.

If you have any further questions please contact Sarah Stevens at sarahstevensconsulting@outlook.com, Mob: 07928 595528

Job vacancy: Development Manager, Trenance Cottages (EXPIRED)

Job Title –  Development Manager (Part Time), Trenance Cottages

Salary –   £13,956 per annum, based on 60 hours per month

 

Trenance Cottages Newquay are looking for a dynamic, self – motivating, creative, experienced development manager.

Job Purpose – To develop and implement a strategy for the commercial and heritage  side  of “Trenance Cottages”. Seeking bold new opportunities for generating income and learning.  Achieving a sustainable basis of operation.

 

Background

Trenance Cottages, a grade 2 listed building, have been renovated and extended with the help of several grants, including a large HLF contribution. The Heritage Cottages and function room are managed by a board of volunteer trustees.

Also on site is a tea room and language school. Both contribute to the revenue of the trust.The Cottages have been open to the public since March 2015. Volunteers are stewards for the heritage rooms and there is a small gift shop in the reception.

Another important source of revenue are weddings, held in the function room

Funding – These posts are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for an  initial a two year period.

Subject to a 3 month probationary period. DBS check required.

 

For further details please email Val Collinson at v_collinson@yahoo.co.uk.

Closing date for applications is the 31st August. Interviews will be held on the 11th of September.

Job vacancy: Digital Engagement Assistant, Telegraph Museum Pothcurno (EXPIRED)

Role: Digital Engagement Assistant (16 hours per week).

Salary: circa £16,000pa pro rata, depending on experience.

The Telegraph Museum Pothcurno is looking to recruit a Digital Engagement Assistant (p/t) to promote the museum, primarily by maximising its social media profile and activities. The ideal candidate will be someone with first-rate written English and excellent skills in the use of social media platforms. Strong organisational skills and attention to detail are a must, along with sound judgement in representing the Museum across a variety of media.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Being first point of contact for all of the Museum’s social media activities
  • Assisting in the scheduling of social media outputs, taking into account forthcoming events and public programme activities
  • Exploring new social media outlets and making recommendations for future activity
  • Monitoring and reporting audience engagement across all media.

For a full job description and to apply please visit the Telegraph Museum Pothcurno website.

Work placement: Heritage Learning Assistant, NMMC (EXPIRED)

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, with the generous support of The Fairwind Trust, is offering an exciting opportunity for a ten week paid work placement for a Heritage Learning Assistant, from 3 July 2017 – 8 September 2017.

Working closely with the Museum’s award-winning Learning team, you will gain invaluable experience, knowledge and transferable skills. The successful candidate will be an undergraduate, postgraduate or a young person at the start of their career who is interested in working with formal and informal learning audiences in the arts and heritage sector. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills, be creative and practical, with a ‘can-do’ attitude. You will have initiative and the ability to work independently but you will also be able to work as part of a team. A flexible approach to hours as there will be a requirement to work weekends, bank holidays and the occasional evening. The hourly rate for this position will be £7.05 per hour, or the National Living Wage £7.50 if applicable.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please return your completed application form found on the NMMC website to lindafrost@nmmc.co.uk or Linda Frost, Human Resources Manager, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, TR11 3QY.

Closing date for completed applications, Monday, 12 June 2017 at 5.00pm 

Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

 

Freelance opportunity: Events Manager (EXPIRED)

Cornwall Museums Partnership would like to establish an annual awards scheme that rewards Cornwall’s museums for the outstanding work they do, and to raise the profile of museums in Cornwall.

We are seeking an events manager to co-ordinate a Heritage Awards scheme, that will include a wide range of museums, projects and activities, and culminate in an Awards event February 2018.

Full details can be found here: Brief for Heritage Awards Freelancer

Application deadline: 5pm on 9 June

There is a maximum budget of £5,000

Job Vacancy: Documentation and Digitisation Museum Officer, Royal Cornwall Museum (EXPIRED)

The Royal Cornwall Museum is recruiting for the role of Documentation and Digitisation Museum Officer to support the organisation’s key function of collection management and care as well as wider public engagement possibilities through the implementation of the digital strategy.

The museum is at a critical point in its development and has just embarked on a strategic master planning exercise in order to establish its future direction and sustainability as part of a strong community and audience-centred approach. This post will provide essential support for the organisations future interpretive strategy and strategic development of the museum and library collections.

If you would like further information and would like to discuss this role informally please contact the Collection Development Manager, Jayne Wackett, on 01872 242783. Closing date for applications is 16th May 2017 (12 noon) and interviews will take place on Monday 22nd May 2017 at the museum. Please find all relevant attachments below.

Equal Opps Monitoring Form

Documentation Job Description

Application Form