Archive for June 2016

Carden Primary School Workshops

On June 27 the Heritage Officer delivered workshops about homelessness to Years 5 & 6 students at Carden Primary School in Brighton.

Carden Primary Homelessness WorkshopsThe workshops aim to challenge misconceptions by investigating who’s affected by homelessness, the common causes, what it’s like to face homelessness and what support is available. During the one-hour sessions the students imagined what it might feel like if they had to sleep outside, with their comfort, safety and privacy compromised, and learnt about how many people sleep on the streets in Brighton and Hove. Another exercise involved the students looking through a series of images of people and sorting them, based on their appearance alone, into whether they had or hadn’t experienced homelessness at some point in their lives. This prompted a discussion around the stereotypes that society has formed about people who are rough sleeping.

The students later learnt about the common causes of homelessness, in particular relationship breakdown, loss of employment, mental or physical health issues and substance misuse, and watched a short film by a BHT Heritage client about what a normal day is like for him. Another activity involved the students guessing which essential items were in a rucksack that would help keep someone who was homeless safe and well, warm and dry. They correctly guessed that the rucksack contained clothes, a sleeping bag, food and water, a mobile phone, waterproofs and a toothbrush, among other objects. Many of the students commented that they wouldn’t be able to fit all the things that were important to them in one rucksack.

The sessions finished with a discussion about how best to support people who are street homeless. The students were encouraged to talk to their friends and family about the myths and realities about homelessness that they had learnt during the session. Some of the students felt inspired to donate items to First Base Day Centre to help keep men and women who are homeless in Brighton and Hove safe and well.

Careers Day at Brighton Museum

On June 22 five BHT Heritage clients attended a careers day at Brighton Museum to learn about routes into volunteering and employment in the heritage sector.

Museum DayOrganised by Royal Pavilion & Museums, the day showcased a comprehensive range of roles in various departments across the five museum sites.

The clients first met with the Head of Collections, Interpretation and Learning, who spoke about her journey from working in a museum bookshop at the beginning of her career through to the position she holds today. Next, the group met with a Curator of Fashion Cities Africa, who delivered a captivating tour of the exhibition and answered lots of pertinent questions about the collection. During the morning session the clients also spoke with the Digital Development Officer, the Creative Programming Officer, and handled a sample of the museum’s one million objects with two Collections Assistants.
After a break for lunch Tracy Anderson took the group into the grounds of the Royal Pavilion to share fascinating information about where BHT’s First Base Day Centre originally stood when it functioned as a ballroom and later a chapel to King George IV. There was more handling of animal skulls and insects in resin with the Early Years Education Officer before meeting with the Retail and Visitor Services Manager and the estate’s Duty Manager. The Learning, Engagement and Volunteer Manager also highlighted how the museum keenly supports its employees to explore their interests and develop skills to enable them to progress into other roles throughout the network.

The day finished with an inspiring talk from a newly-appointed Royal Pavilion guide, who has dreamed of working in the sector for many years.

The session enthused and energised a number of the clients to explore volunteering opportunities within the museum. All-in-all, a really stimulating and exciting day!

Brilliant. Really informative