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Volunteers

photo (16) smallThe Heritage Centre is run by a team of volunteers. We cover all aspects of the running of the site including setting up the exhibitions & events, archives, running the town tours, front of house meeting and greeting visitors, gift shop etc. A gardening group looks after our courtyard garden. We have monthly meetings when each section reports progress and plan future activities. We also have social events run by the Friends. Here is what just two of our volunteers have to say:-

“Over the years I have taken a great interest in artistic type hobbies – for example art, jewelery making and creative embroidery. The latter drew me into the group of stitchers who started to produce the Knutsford Millennium Tapestry in the late 1990’s. We stitchers were asked to become more involved with the Centre and I have been happy to do so and have enjoyed the work very much. I have maintained my interest in the tapestry and do tapestry talks for visitors. Sometimes I work in the shop and, because I am a keen gardener, I have helped to develop and maintain the Heritage Centre Garden”

“Working at the Centre has been most enjoyable and it has increased considerably my knowledge of Knutsford and its rich history. It is hard work maintaining a building and organisation like the Heritage Centre in these hard economic times, but it is always a thrill when we are bombarded by a coach load of visitors or a large group books one of the tours” Julia C.

“I volunteered in Aug 2011 after being informed of the opportunity by a friend. I hadn’t previously been involved in anything similar but I was keen to find out more. It offered me the chance to get more involved in Knutsford’s local heritage and activities, with the particular benefits of absorbing the information and meeting visitors. The recent Friends’ Jazz evening was particularly enjoyable, and the ‘friends’ themselves are very interesting and great company” Chris R

Great Rail Journeys

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Knutsford was featured on a recent BBC2 Great Rail Journey programme featuring Michael Portillo in January 2016.Knutsford Heritage Centre worked with Boundless TV on the research for this programme during 2015. For the programme Michael Portillo visited Heathwaite House where Elizabeth Gaskell the town’s famous authoresslived as a child, the Unitarian Chapel where she is buried, and the Gaskell Tower built in 1907 by Richard Harding Watt in her memory. Diane Stenson accompanied Michael Portillo who chatted with him about Elizabeth Gaskell’s mostfamous novel ‘Cranford’, the inspiration which she drew from the many buildings and features of the town.

The picture here shows Diane Stenson, Michael Portillo and Val Bryant (Trustee) in front of the Gaskell Tower.

 

Memoir Writing

Memoir Writing

This 7-week course will guide you through the process of writing stories from your life for your grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Suitable for inexperienced and experienced writers, there will be lots of tips on how to make your memories vivid and engaging.  Just bring yourself, a pen and paper. Sessions last for 2 hours and will include stimulating, hands-on writing exercises and the opportunity to read out work in a friendly, supportive and constructively critical environment, guided by a former literary agent, Sarah Ganczarski M.A. in Creative Writing and teaching creative writing qualifications from MMU.

Start Date:     Monday 4th April 2016 (7 weeks)

Finish Date:  Monday 23rd May (1 week off 2nd May)

Venue:            Knutsford Heritage Centre

Time:              10am – 12pm

 Price:             £50 (inc refreshments)

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