Well, 2009 has been an eventful year, in many different ways at Geevor, though I suppose all years have their characteristic happenings!
The events programme was kept up throughout the year, a first for Geevor, and the programme for 2010 is soon to be published (ahead of the game for once! Progress at last!). Another year of firsts, as the underground section was opened up for visitors to self-guide, giving them more freedom and less waiting time over the summer, which (despite my initial reservations about quality of experience) seemed to be well-received by visitors and even encouraged many to stay onsite longer and explore the site further – it was brillliant to see so many red helmets in the distance down by the coastpath, clambering over the spoil heaps and investigating the old mine buildings which usually get ignored! The saturdays opening though, weren’t popular with staff, requiring overtime by all members, even office staff helping out throughout the summer, and so hopefully some other solution will be made for next summer. All trial and error of ideas really. Some work, some don’t, you just got to make sure that you learn from the experience!
The new website is up and running and hopefully will help all those visitors to Geevor site, physically or virtually! A new member of staff, Claire S, joined the Learning Team, whilst our other Claire (R) successfully completed her KTP and is now working in London (she was always going to be a highflier!). Jo B came back for half the year, to go on maternity leave in Sept, but it’s worth it – Hello to Baby George! Yet November also saw the beginning of the end of Bill’s reign as full-time trustee, his daily input will be missed, but hopefully he’ll still show his face around here from time to time… The Learning Team has been able to commission and print their new learning leaflet, and all the accompanying resources that it promotes! That was a big job over summer, as well as all the events going on, but our resources will always be revised and improved upon continually, including our loan boxes which we have finalised for peoples use. Our Christmas Event at Geevor, on Mon 21st Dec, went really well, even though we weren’t sure how the new position of the grotto (by the cafe, rather than underground) and the different format to previous years would be received. But we needed have worried – we had over 100 people visit the grotto! and the volunteers and work experience students who decorated it did a grand job, and many visitors said how wonderful it looked.
But what of 2010? Well, already some changes will be taking place in the Learning Team from the end of January. The Learning Links Fund for professional development that I’m doing with a teacher at St. Ives School, will continue to evolve as we try to develop resources for secondary schools’ use specifically at Geevor. We’ve also been awarded a Volunteer Development Fund, to encourage volunteers to join our existing volunteer team. All the usual events, as well as some novel ones, will be going on…
What else will happen in 2010? Only God knows at the moment, but by this time next year, we will be looking back on 2010 again, and I’m sure that it will be as eventful as 2009!
Happy New Year to All!