Cabinet of Local Change, interim update – what we’ve done, are doing and plan to do

Download the interim update  in full and checkout Simon Ryders blog too, it’s all getting VERY interesting!

INTERIM UPDATE 6 June 2013

 What we have done so far:

  • We have hosted 2 sessions at 2 libraries
  • The first focused on introducing the project
  • The second provided training in WordPress
  • 20 people have attended from a wide range of backgrounds – artists, a nurse, architects, librarians, editors, school students, local business people, retired policeman & an engineer to name a few
  • We hope to work with young people to act as gateways for each library
  • We are referring to a library blog as being ‘an online library newsletter’ which helps to bridge the book and the virtual, and can make provision for printing some out too, as table pieces
  • People are enthusiastic and learning fast, there’s a real buzz in the workshops
  • We attended the Armoury Hall launch and encouraged people to engage
  • Begun a survey of attendees

What Simon has done in terms of research:

  • Written 9 blogs & Carolyn made a dedicated webpage too
  • Inspired by local conversations, Simon has visited – research woods with FC; meadow groups; Bullo Pill in response to local stories; Woodford Engineering about laser cutting; researched fungi; researched history of tree diseases +
  • Had curatorial conversations with Carolyn about production and construction of a cabinet in some form that can remain in the Forest and have the potential to grow too

What we want to do in the future:

  • We’re talking to schools and youth groups about future projects, with more time to plan and perfect the programme
  • We hope to apply for funding to do this with these orgs as named partners
  • We believe this is a strong pilot and is evidencing a real need for innovative approaches to learning through art and technology

Newnham Library session 2

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