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  • Comings and goings (Weekly blog, 6 November 2016)

    Posted on November 7, 2016
    A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General

    I’ve just been listening to Oliver’s pod-cast from COP 22 and thinking to myself how lucky we are to have him and the team representing the National Trusts of the world in Marrakech for the fortnight of UN Climate Change talks.  Do check out his updates when you can – his first impressions of the walled city today are magical.  Having tried to record a video this week, I have nothing but huge admiration for Oliver and Bill in taking on the podcast challenge!

    With the weather cooling and nights drawing in here in London, thoughts turn to next year’s holidays and … guess what?  There are plenty of INTO holiday opportunities in 2017!   Firstly, our Volunteer Manager, Julie Thompson, has put together a fantastic programme of International Working Holidays from tour guiding in Spain, gardening in the Czech Republic, restoring an alpine fort in France or mosaic conservation in Romania, there’s something for everyone.  Do check them out and contact the Trusts to book your space!

     Wood Restoration at the Enescu House, Moldavia

    Wood Restoration at the Enescu House, Moldavia

    If you’re idea of a holiday is something slightly less strenuous, but equally supportive of the global family of National Trusts, look no further than our first Heritage Tour!   This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the hidden heritage gems of Barbados with the Barbados National Trust.  Find out more here!

    Noémie, Julie and I had an information stand at the National Trust (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)’s HQ on Wednesday and INTO’s Working Holidays were of great interest to many of the staff who came along for a chat.  We also asked people to vote for their favourite images for our forthcoming Heritage Education project/crowdfunding campaign.   (And tried to bribe them with biscuits … )  It was an opportunity to say thank you and good luck to Noémie who leaves us at the end of next week.  She came to INTO via Rempart as a Service Civique volunteer and has proved an invaluable help with INTO’s communications, amongst other things. We’ll miss Noémie hugely but wish her the very best for the future. into-stand-3

    The crowdfunding training came to an end last week with a final 1-2-1 session with the Global Giving team.  We’re on our own now – and the campaign starts in one week’s time!  Gulp.  Still a lot to do but Noémie and I hope we might find a few spare minutes while we’re in Bratislava next week to put the finishing touches to our plans.

    To celebrate their 20th anniversary, the National Trust of Slovakia is holding a conference entitled, ‘Who owns the Monuments?’ I first got to know the organisation in 1999 and have watched its progress since then, so am delighted to have been invited to speak.  The conference brings together several INTO members and friends as well as many local heritage practitioners and provides the space to discuss the importance of partnership and involving people in our work.

    I’ve been working on a speech trying to weave in elements of our ‘2016 State of Global Heritage Report’, examples of best practice from across the INTO family in public engagement and public-private partnerships. My message? We live in uncertain times and need good networks and partnerships more than ever.

    Thanks for reading!


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