16th What We’ve Been Up To. Week Ending 15/06/2014

With the Summer, our busiest season at the Town House is upon us. For the next three months there will be constant activity for everyone associated with The Regency Town House.

Barely have we settled down from the last Art exhibition than Isis Gallery prepares for its seasonal display timed to open on the summer solstice. The artist on display will be Jamie Reid and the title of the exhibition is, intriguingly, Time for Magic.  Further details will follow but in order to whet appetites, it must be mentioned that a tipi is involved.

15th What We’ve Been Up To. Week Ending 08/06/2014

This last week we were joined by a 16 year old schoolgirl in the office. Kimberly is in Year 11 and chose the Town House to be her work experience venue. (Perhaps because her mother is one of our volunteers?)  She became so involved with all that goes on here during her week with us, that she is going to come and volunteer in school holidays. Which just goes to prove that there are no limitations of age or experience imposed upon our volunteers.

Still wondering what on earth you could do as a volunteer? Just come along and join us: - you’ll soon find something.

14th What We’ve Been Up To. Week Ending 01/06/2014

It was a rather misty farewell to our German intern Karolina, this week.  During her time here Karolina has involved herself in many aspects of the various projects going on in the RTH and has displayed a high degree of efficiency and  enthusiasm for them all. Most amazing of all, during her three months with us, she didn't have a grumpy day even once! She and her boyfriend are currently touring England together for two weeks before returning to Germany.

13th What We’ve Been Up To Week Ending 25/05/2014

As people return from their attempts to beat the crowds (if not the weather)with quick breaks before the school holiday onslaught, our meeting room last week was once again very full. Added to the numbers of regular volunteers, our overseas interns (currently there are six of them)have also decided that it would both help their English and keep them au fait with the full spectrum of  Town House activities, to swell our numbers at each meeting.  Everyone is very happy to have them – though it might just have us seeking a larger space for future gatherings.

12th What We've Been Up To.Weeks Ending 18/05/2014

 

We always have mixed feelings when one of the volunteers moves on; even though, in most cases, they are going to take up permanent work or to broaden their horizons. This is what has happened to long-time supporter Jill Hepplewhite who is moving to London with her husband. Jill has always been an integral part of all the events put on at the Town House and we shall miss her. We wish her and her husband all the best.

What We've Been Up To. Week Ending 04/05/2014

The Easter Break saw most of our volunteers taking a well-earned rest as the weather becomes milder.  By now, however, people have returned eager to keep up the momentum that has engendered all the recent progress at the Town House.

What We've Been Up To. Week ending 12/04/2014

Something we discovered last week to our delight was that, at The Keep, there is a comprehensive archive concerning The Regency Town House.  

Notes from an Insider

Unaccustomed as I am to blogging I have been hesitant to start but, having enjoyed the weekly 'goings on' from Cireena, now seems a good time to give it a go.

In the bleak mid-winter

Perhaps December wasn't the best time to start, but when I first walked through the front door I immediately became captivated.

This was my first serious venture into volunteering and I wasn't going to refuse the offer and opportunity to play a part in helping with the restoration of such a grand old historic building.

What We've Been Up To. Week ending 06/04/2014

This has been a somewhat disjointed week at the RTH, and one in which we have finalised a lot of ‘housekeeping’ business.
Perhaps it may, at first, seem of  little interest to anyone not actually working in the RTH nevertheless, in keeping with the object of this column, comes the news that we have formalised a lot of the project work aims; have outlined work paradigms; formulated new roles; and set out deadlines for individual projects.

What We've Been Up To. Week ending 30/03/2014

Sadly, this week saw us bidding farewell to three of our volunteers at the RTH.  Natalie England and Rebecca Khurshid have moved on to paid work, while Carolina Sanchez, an intern from Switzerland, has come to the end of her Work Overseas period.  All three have been working on the silhouette project mentioned in earlier blogs.  Taking all the information from the seminal McKechnie encyclopedia, as well as every issue of the silhouette newsletter, and turning it all into what is probably the largest data base for silhouettes online, was a huge undertaking.

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