Hands on the Past @ CSI: Sittingbourne
About the charity
Sittingbourne Heritage Museum enables local and wider communities to enjoy our collection through events and partnership working.
How the £10,000 grant will help
Hands on the Past @ CSI: Sittingbourne is a pioneering community heritage project between Sittingbourne Heritage Museum and AMTec Heritage Science CIC / DGB Conservation. Drawing on the expertise of Archaeological Conservator, Dana Goodburn-Brown, the care, investigation, and celebration of collections from recent archaeological sites and museums will be brought to life through engagement with people of all ages and backgrounds in Sittingbourne and the South East.
Located in Sittingbourne’s Forum shopping centre and driven by young people, the project will establish new audiences and employment opportunities to breathe fresh life into the town centre, bringing cultural heritage to the high street. Craft heritage workshops will be provided monthly, and the project will be open to the public for at least two days each week. By providing uniquely hands-on opportunities to build on the proven therapeutic value of close connection with heritage objects for mental health, the project will help local people to relate to each other and to the rich heritage crafts and stories that have been discovered beneath their feet.
Thanks to the £10,000 grant from Ecclesiastical, we will be able to open up the collections of Sittingbourne Heritage Museum to the community on a regular basis, organising workshops and developing relationships with local volunteers and paid interns, repairing some of the social disconnection caused by Covid.