It all started when…
Feltham Arts received a confirmed grant of £64,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth heritage performance, exhibition and interactive workshop package and annual Feltham History Day project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to both preserve the area’s heritage for future generations, and bring the community together to celebrate their past. This two year project will be held at The Hub in The Centre, Feltham next to Feltham Library, Archives and Local Studies. The project will start in January 2018, with the primary schools visitors’ programme being rolled out in September 2018, followed by the Feltham History Day in November of each year.
Marking the centenary of the opening of Hanworth Air Park in 1917, this creative project will explore the history of the people, communities and events connected with the West Area of Hounslow between 1917 and 1947. This period covers a rich and valuable heritage, particularly around the war and inter-war periods, which unfortunately is not well-recognised. While archive material is available, it is not easily accessible or engaging. Additionally, due to rapid redevelopment locally combined with recently settled communities, both the physical and intangible heritage is in danger of being lost.
Feltham Arts has been working closely with Hounslow Local Studies, the Feltham History Group, Friends of Hanworth Park House, the Environment Trust, local volunteers and theatre company ‘Tale be Told’ to research, document and interpret Feltham, Hanworth and Bedfont’s impressive heritage.
We are currently in the process of producing a range of innovative learning material to engage the whole community (particularly primary school children) encouraging them to learn more about their heritage in ways that suit them. These learning opportunities include:
A theatrical performance; a photographic exhibition; a series of interactive workshops; a primary schools’ resource pack; the creation of an annual “Feltham History Day”; and an online resource.
We need volunteers
About the project and volunteer role:
We are presently looking for volunteers to support the project during the school visits to see the theatre performance in Feltham.
School visits and performance space set up will take place over 13 days between Tuesday 25th September – Wednesday 17th October 2018 (on Tuesdays afternoons and am and pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).
Each volunteer will be assigned one or more of the following roles:
§ Performance space set up and pack down
§ chaperone school teachers
§ Stewarding front of house
§ Assistance to actors
§ Hand out resource packs
Volunteering with Feltham Arts as part of the Feltham Heritage project offers a great opportunity to gain new experiences and skills, and a chance to learn more about the history of Feltham during interwar period.
You’ll receive training and your expenses (lunch and travel) will be reimbursed.
No formal qualifications required. Friendliness and confidence to meet and greet new people.
Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates, if successful we will require 2 references and carry out an enhanced disclosure with the Disclosure and Barring Service.
If you are interested in volunteering to support this exciting project during the dates above please email Charlotte Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 17th August.