Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

A lot of people tell me that they would love to be involved with Sandfields Pumping Station, but they are not sure they have any skills we can use. My response is always, if you can smile and say ‘welcome to Sandfields Pumping Station’ you already are best asset any charitable organisation like ours can have.

Saying that, the ultimate goal is of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust is;

To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the nineteenth century Sandfields Pumping Station complex and associated infrastructure and to facilitate its safety, conservation, security and accessibility.
To promote and preserve for the benefit of the public the unique 1873 Cornish Beam Engine and other fixtures and fittings situated at Sandfields Pumping Station, Chesterfield Road, Lichfield .
To promote access to the complex for the purposes of education, community development, and protection of the historic environment.
To return the 190 hp Cornish Beam Engine back to working order and running on steam.

This of course is a tall order and will require a whole host of skills and knowledge, therefore we have located a free online training course with FutureLearn.

FutureLearn is a private company wholly owned by The Open University, with the benefit of over 40 years of their experience in distance learning and online education.

FutureLearn launched their first courses in September 2013 and since then, 2,236,007 people have joined.

They are crafting a high quality product, tailored to learners’ needs, and they spend time listening to you.

One of the courses that will be of interest to anyone intending to become involved in heritage projects is their Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum course.
On this course you will get an introduction to museum studies with this free online course. You will explore all of these topics through a range of inspirational case studies and thought-provoking ideas. Learn about the people and ideas that shape museums today, invaluable skills and knowledge for the ongoing preservation of Sandfields Pumping Station.

The course is six weeks and needs approximately three house of study per week.

Of course, I will be studying this course alongside with you too, so please say hello and let me know how things are going.

You can register for this course here

More information about FutureLearn here

About Morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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