Why we take part
As part of National Trust we feel that it is important to participate in HODs and offer that special, free event for visitors. It allows for greater accessibility, as during the festival more people are able to enjoy learning about the house and its history, regardless of their financial circumstances. Holding it in the adjoining WI Hall, not in the property itself, allows us to work with the WI committee and those that visit the free exhibition often then visit the Old Post Office afterwards.
What we do for HODs
With no budget for events we negotiated with the Tintagel WI President to offer a talk to the ladies in return for use of the WI Hall for the HOD exhibition. Holding it in a separate location meant that more space and focus could be given to the exhibition without it detracting from the visitor experience within the Old Post Office itself.
Working in partnership
It reinforced our shared history with the WI who own the venue next door, as both buildings were once part of the same farm complex and rescued by the same lady. It also strengthened our relationship with village residents and traders.
The difference it makes
- Seeing youngsters handling real pieces of the roof and getting an understanding of the materials the house is constructed from.
- A gentleman who was a local historian bringing his own folder on Tintagel research and who had seen the repairs at the time in 1992. His recollection and research enhanced our understanding of the project and the building’s history in general. He had a previously unseen photo of the work and allowed us to scan it for our archives!
- Volunteers liked how it added another dimension to their volunteering roles at the Old Post Office.