On the 31st October 2013, a “Meet the Trainee” exhibition was held at the National Trust HQ Heelis in Swindon. The Heritage Skills Passport Scheme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) consists of traineeships in House and Collections management, Visitor Experience and Gardens and Parklands management. Being one of ten of the first trainees who ‘graduated’ in June 2012, I went to Heelis to represent the House and Collections management first years.
As a conservation assistant at Osterley Park and House, we chose to focus on the controversial 363 day openings, and the advantages and challenges faced by Osterley and National Trust properties already or moving toward opening 363 days per year. Within eighteen months, Osterley had gone from five day to seven day to 363 day opening so it seemed appropriate to discuss and display a topic so close to home.
The response to 363 has been…
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