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Heritage Learning Symposium: Our Past, Our Stories, Our Future

Our Past, Our Stories, Our Future is a cross-sector space in which to explore ideas and share practice, learn new things and creatively engage with young people. Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature is bringing together curators, educators, artists, teachers and young producers to engage with local heritage, and they will be sharing experiences of creative heritage learning programmes and youth-engagement initiatives.

The first keynote speaker to be announced is the award-winning educator Kate Clanchy.

Forward Arts Foundation Education Advisor Kate Clanchy is author of ‘Some Kids I Taught, and What They Taught Me’. In her thirty years of teaching, she has used poetry as a means of developing the creativity of children whose lives she describes as ‘chaotic’. Kate will offer inspiration and share her approach and experiences on the core themes of the symposium – that of creative engagement with young people.


The full programme has now been announced and features:

9.00 – Registration

9.30 – Welcome: Sandeep Mahal, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

9.40 – Keynote 1: To be announced

Carousel 1: Literary Pasts Made Present Room 1

10.00 – Kelly O’reilly, Milton’s Cottage

Paradise Lost and Found

10.30 – Simon Brown, Newstead Abbey and The National Justice Museum

Poetic Justice: Opening up heritage venues for pride and protest

11.00 – Jacqueline Green, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Special Guests

Children and the Bard: Engaging young audiences in literary heritage

Carousel 1: Literary Pasts Made Present Room 2

10.00 – Carolyn Melbourne, D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum

From Nowt to Summat: Developing a Programme at the DHLBM

10.30 – Sean Love, Fighting Words Ireland

Creative Writing, Ha Ha Ha!

11.00 – Gill Hart, Devonshire Educational Trust

Jane Austen Hacks Chatsworth

11.10 – 11.30 – Coffee Break

11.30- 12.10 – Panel: Eastwood Comics: Exploring Local Heritage through the Life, Work and Times of DH Lawrence

Dylan Calder, PopUp Projects, Carolyn Melbourne, DH Lawrence Birthplace Museum, Rachel Ball, illustrator, young people and teaching staff from Hall Park Academy, Eastwood.

12.50 – Morning Roundup

1.00 – 1.45 – Lunch

1.45pm – Keynote 2 Kate Clanchy, Poet, Educator and Forward Arts Foundation Education Advisor

Carousel 2: Improving Access to Heritage for Marginalised Communities Room 1

2.15pm – Joe Carr, The Britten-Pears Foundation (The Red House)

The Summer Film Programme and Young People from Rural Areas

2.45pm –  Annette McCartney and Jasmine Tucker (Pop Up Projects)

Creating Stories from Collections: Inclusive ways to empower young imaginations

Carousel 2: Improving Access to Heritage for Marginalised Communities Room 2

2.15pm – Julie Obermeyer, William Booth Museum

The Pioneering Role of Volunteers in Small Heritage Venues

2.45pm – Becky Cullen & Richard Bromhall, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

Creative Interventions to Youth Violence in Nottingham

3.15pm – Panel: Working with Chaos: King Richard III Visitor Centre and the Y-Heritage Project

Rachel Ayrton, King Richard III Visitor Centre, Juliet Martin and Hannah Deignan, Y-Heritage

3.45pm – Keynote 3: To be announced

4.15pm – Seán McGovern, Pop Up Projects

The Young People’s Manifesto

4.20pm – Feedback

4.30pm – Close


Tickets £35 per person – including refreshments and a networking lunch. To book tickets, please click here.

Posted on 11 October 2019

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