It feels that the last few months have been a whirlwind of activity, and now as the Christmas adverts start, I wonder where another year has gone!
I certainly felt this way when I met some of our wonderful volunteers who have been working on the Roundhouse project in Birmingham last week. You may remember this was the subject of a previous blog and we have now reached the end of the initial research stage. It only feels like yesterday (last year!) when we had some initial meetings to discuss the project, wondering what the archives would yield, and what ‘hidden history’ the building has.
Just to quickly recap, this listed canalside building is at the centre of some exciting redevelopment plans and this is our first joint project with the National Trust, so is quite a milestone. To ensure that we understand this amazing building, we enlisted a small army of volunteer researchers.
The results of this research have been, quite frankly, amazing! I would like to extend a huge thanks from myself and everyone at the Trust involved in the project, we could not have unearthed so much history without your hard work and dedication. For example, who knew that the Roundhouse would play a pivotal role in horse management worldwide, with the work of John Malcolm, a local Veterinary Superintendent?
In the coming weeks and months, the structure’s story will be shared (watch this space) – in the meantime thanks again to Alison, Archana, Jeanette, Lesley, Lou, Mac, Maggie, Mike, Simon, Sophie and Tony, we could not have done this without you!
So all that remains this month is for me to say I will update you shortly about the opportunity I promised to share with you – the boat lockage survey. We have had a few hardy volunteers (including our fabulous volunteer lockkeepers) piloting this for us already, with more volunteers who we are speaking to now, coming onboard in spring. I’ll keep you in suspense until then!
Amanda is a volunteer coordinator for the Technical Team within the Trust. Whether it’s finding a student for a long-term placement with the environment team or assisting the hydrology team with a team of volunteers to count boat movements, she can be counted on to find the right people for the role. Amanda joined the Trust in July 2012 and previously worked as the Volunteer Leader in the East Midlands. She has worked at other charities in people engagement roles, but is at her happiest besides the water.See more blogs from this author