Ten years ago today, INTO was launched at the 12th International Conference of National Trusts in New Delhi. We have been marking INTO’s achievements since then for several months now, including a lovely party at our offices on Wednesday. It was so nice to see friends old and new assembled to celebrate INTO’s first ten years.
Fiona gave a speech which highlighted some of our successes including:
It’s great to have facts and figures (easy to read and digest!) but stories and anecdotes are also a good success measurement:
Irena Edwards, Founding Chairman of the Czech National Trust said: “INTO was the link to the alma mater of the almighty British NT and its philosophy: ‘for ever and for everyone’. The NT idea in its international form represented by INTO is exactly what the Czech heritage needed and we now have […] It helps to give us a standing which gets us a voice with the state and other organisations; it gives us a brand image which is instantly recognisable […] I met Catherine who was an incredible help . I could’t believe that something like INTO existed and somebody like Catherine led it!!” (How lovely!)
One of my favourite quotes is this one from Martin Scicluna of Din l’Art Helwa, National Trust of Malta: “By joining the INTO, you are effectively employing a new team member, one with a wide range of experience and expertise to help your organisation grow and flourish.”
And it’s wonderful to see the amazing progress being made by the National Trust of Zimbabwe with a little help from INTO. I received their latest newsletter earlier today which shows what sort of an impact we can have.
And huge thanks to our INTO colleagues for spreading the word internationally. Here’s a little selection:
So my focus is now firmly on the future but it’s been nice reminiscing about the first ten years and looking forward to the next decade. (As I have been doing with my family this last week with our two children’s birthdays and one grandparent. It’s all go!)
More next time!