St Teilo’s Church at St Fagans National History Museum.
This project has now come to an end.
Since 2012 Diverse Cymru has been one of a group of Community Partners working with the Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales as part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded Our Museum initiative.
Our Museum aims to bring communities and their local museums together to form active partnerships and, as part of the application process, St. Fagans National History Museum worked with Diverse Cymru, the Wallich and WCVA, among others, to outline a project that focused on developing, embedding and sustaining volunteering.
By beginning with a collaborative effort and working together to create the service level agreement – which sets out the terms of the partnership – the Museum and the Community Partners were able to create a real and lasting working relationship. Diverse Cymru were able to share our experience and expertise to make the volunteering process and recruitment more accessible and change the working culture to offer a new and best practice volunteering programme.
These changes help the museum draw in a more diverse pool of applicants and created a ‘Community of Volunteers’, which focused on the needs of the volunteer and not just the needs of the museum, and embedded opportunities in all aspects of the Museum’s work. Some of the new roles included helping to build Bryn Eryr, a new Iron Age farmstead based on a settlement in Anglesey. Volunteers were involved in all aspects of the project and worked alongside experts and artisans to build solid clay walls, thresh spelt, create nettle rope and even in thatching the roofs of the houses.