December 2007 – April 2008 - St Mary’s Church, High Street Putney

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Following the opening of the Heritage Lottery funded exhibition The Putney Debates 1647: Cromwell and Democracy 2007 St Mary’s in conjunction with Wandsworth Historical Society  are offering a training opportunity to students 16+ to take an active part in learning about their local history and methods of interpretation. 5 two hour sessions will be run at St Mary’s 4.30pm to 6.30pm on a weekday each month from December 2007 until April 2008.  The sessions will be run by subject specialists with backgrounds in local history and national museums, and will offer students a hands on practical experience of each area.

Session 1: Introduction to the Putney Debates exhibition.

Interpreting history for exhibitions. (Sue Rolfe, ex Victoria and Albert Museum) and sourcing local history (Dorian Gerhold, Chairman of Wandsworth Historical Society, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, an Honorary Research Fellow of Roehampton University and a director of the company formed recently to re-establish Wandsworth Museum)

Session 2: Archiving and Conservation. (Claire Hudson, Head of Theatre Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum)

Session 3: Working as an Exhibition Curator.....   what skills, what is the job where can you work and the value of history for the curator. (Catherine McDermott, Professor of Museology, University of Kingston)

Session 4: Visitor Services - how you make an exhibition accessible to all, audio description, interaction with visitors and how to devise and conduct a visitor survey (Sue Rolfe)

Session 5: Making your own connections with local history. How you can get involved including taking part in digs and archaeological work (Dorian Gerhold)

November 30, 2007