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#MysteryTour programme returns – January to March 2015 @wipartsuk and @priorityfive

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Are you aged in 11-25, based in Birmingham/West Midlands region and interested in being a young consultant for heritage venue? Well this programme is for you!

The Mystery Tour programme is back for 2015 and we have lots of very exciting venues that we will be visiting this year across the West Midlands region.

Below is some information where we will be going.
Get involved in the Mystery Tour Programme, please follow the link and fill out your contact details here

 

UPCOMING DATES
1) Saturday 24th January 2015: Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge
Red House Glass Cone
Lying in the heart of the Stourbridge glassmaking industry, the Red House Glass Cone was built at the end of the 18th century and was used for the manufacture of glass until 1936. Reaching 100 feet, it is the only complete Glass Cone in the area and one of only four left in the United Kingdom. With the aid of film, audio guides, exhibits and live demonstrations, you can now explore the Cone’s 200 years of glassmaking history.

 

2) Saturday 31st January 2015: Mystery Tour visioning day at The Drum

On this day we will be reflecting on past visits and visioning for the future of this project. We are looking to formally recruit Heritage Ambassadors who will be working with the Mystery Tour team to attend conferences and events, share their knowledge and give specialist advice and guidance to organisations, share the story of the Mystery Tour programme to date, and help to invite new young people to take part in the project.

 

3) Wednesday 18th February 2015: Aston Hall

 

Aston Hall

 

Aston Hall is a grade 1 listed Jacobean House located in Aston and built between 1618 and 1635. In 1864 the house was bought by Birmingham Corporation, becoming the first historic country house to pass into municipal ownership, and is now a community museum managed by Birmingham Museums Trust. It boasts a series of period rooms which have furniture, paintings, textiles and metalwork from the collections of the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

 

4) Saturday 21st February 2015: Heritage Motor Centre

 

Heritage Motor Centre

The Heritage Motor Centre is home to the world’s largest collection of British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras and is a mecca for car enthusiasts.

5) Saturday 28th February 2015: The Old House
The Old House

 

The Old House is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building and is situated in the heart of Hereford, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. Built in 1621, it is a startling sight, standing as the sole reminder of times-gone-by in the middle of a modern shopping precinct. It is furnished in period style with an internationally important collection of English Oak furniture and rare wall-paintings.

 

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
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Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, housed in a spectacular Victorian gothic building, has been exhibiting artefacts and works of fine and decorative art connected with the local area since 1874. Although the exterior of the building has changed very little the museum and gallery have kept up with the times. Exhibits include a hive of live bees, a two-headed calf, a two metre long fish, swords of every shape and size, elements of costume and textiles and much more besides.

 

6) Saturday 7th March 2015: Soho House

 

Soho House

 

Soho House was once a regular meeting place for some of the greatest minds of the 18th century. It was in the dining room of this elegant house that Matthew Boulton, one of the country’s first industrialists, entertained the leading scientists and inventors of the industrial age including James Watt, Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgwood and Joseph Priestly where they discussed ideas and presented discoveries that continue to affect our lives today.

 

7) Saturday 21st March 2015: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Shrewsbury museum

 

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is set in a remarkable group of historic buildings including the town’s old Music Hall. The collections offer people imaginative opportunities to actively engage in Shropshire’s heritage and help them to experience the unique offer of which the County provides. They currently have a temporary exhibition called ‘Secret Eygpt’ with 150 objects including statuary, coffins, ceramics, jewellery and animal and human mummies.

 

Shropshire Regimental Museum
Shropshire Regimental Museum

Based at Shrewsbury Castle, the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust includes pictures, uniforms, medals, silverware, weapons and other artefacts from the 18th Century to the present day. The oldest parts of the Castle were built during the reign of William the Conqueror and it became a major border fortress in the Middle Ages. After falling into disrepair in the 1300s, the Castle was revived to become a domestic residence in the late 16th century. Refortified and briefly besieged during the Civil Wars, the Castle was returned to a domestic use under Charles II. In the late 18th century Thomas Telford remodelled the Great Hall as a private house, which it remained until just after World War One.

If you would like to be involved in the Mystery Tour Programme, please follow the link and fill out your contact details: http://goo.gl/forms/r94xZq1UvX.

 

Any further queries in the meantime, please drop me a line - holly@workinprogress.uk.com.

 

Follow us at @wipartsuk and @priorityfive // #mysterytour.
 
 

 

Review of mystery shoppers Lichfield @WiPArtsUK / @priorityfive 

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@priorityfiveSo, to introduce myself,  I am a recently employed apprentice for Work In Progress my name is Jamie Scott . This review, as you may notice from title, is about our mystery shoppers programme which I assist as a support  to the coordinators and facilitators and to handle the documentary side of our project.

With our mystery shoppers project we work in partnership with a vast amount of museums to help them attract a younger generation of the community because, lets face it, museums are not a hotspot attraction for young people!

I can speak for myself regarding this matter because I am also one of those young people who had assumed all museums are boring.  I suppose I  had this approach because I never took interest in them or no one ever suggested going when I was younger.  It was all about going to the cinemas or playing pool with my friends, so really museums would be a last choice hotspot to be honest.

So, thinking about the programme, we basically work with museums and bring in a group of young people who will visit the venues and browse the many features it has to offer and then give their feedback on how the museums can make it more attractive to the younger generation!

Here are a few pictures I took from our recent trip to Litchfield which I edited leftleft top

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the young people like to channel their feedback in a creative way (as seen above) so once the young people have had a tour of the venue, we as a group, and the museum sit down and have a group discussion. We spoke about what features they like best also what they could improve on. How they could input changes in order to make it more young people friendly and accessible to all people, who may not be as fortunate to experience the features that the venue has to offer due to certain physical disabilities.  

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum Lichfield center This was our first stop in Lichfield one of two venues we were visiting and the first assessment began. As I followed the young people around the building the structure consisted of 5 floors each containing certain historic pieces relating to the man himself Samuel Johnson. As the young people toured the building they took notes. These were then presented to the venues employee’s and we discussed the positives and the negatives. I managed to capture some of the moments which are below.

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Erasmus Darwin House

This was the second and our final venue of the day fresh from having our lunch we headed over to the Erasmus Darwin House where we were  greeted by a wonderful cared for garden that the venue looked after. Once  we had made our way through the garden we were greeted by the employees of the museum and ran through the health and safety procedures.

Once inside, there were suggestions to work your way through the building starting from the bottom floor working your way up. There were two floors to this venue, the young people’s interests seemed to be similar to the other venue, very interested in dressing up! They all managed to influence all the other young people into taking part  also the two deliverers of the project Liz Howell and Ruth Richardson. We had a tour of the venue and we had another brief review given by the young people to the employee’s of the venue about their favourite and not so favourite things.

There were a lot of favorites in this venue similar the first, so the review went rather well, the one thing that seemed to be a bit of a let down from one of the young person’s review named Hamsah, who couldn’t access the many features due to a physical disability which meant he was unable to touch or reach elements of the exhibits because it was all mounted in a difficult hard-to-reach way. He was unable to touch, to feel the texture or smell when there were certain scented items.

He was very concerned about the lack of accessibility for disabled people when he questioned why there was a lift for disabled people to reach the second floor but the access out of the lift included steps!

I felt this was a very good point and something the whole group commented on and we reflected on historic buildings and their access limitations.

Regarding the rest of the review, we gave the young people some stationery and craft bits and they were left to construct a response to a project proposed by Ruth and the team. They then fed back their opinions through their creativeness and in ways that they enjoy including written word, mind maps, art pieces and group drawings. This was also reviewed by one the venue’s employee’s. I’m looking forward to the next trip and to hear the outcome and reaction or changes that are made by these two Lichfield venues!