22 April 2015back

Creative Internships Blog Week 28

Alexandra Roberts, National Museum Wales

Over the past few weeks I have been spending the majority of my time helping with preparations for a major fundraising and awareness raising event in London on 15th April. This prestigious evening event was held to raise funds for the Making History Project, a £26.6 million redevelopment at St Fagans National History Museum, and in particular, to support Llys Rhosyr – A Medieval Princes’ Court, a replica of which is currently being constructed on site at St Fagans. This is being built with the facilities for schoolchildren to sleep over, allowing them to experience what life may have been like in Wales in medieval times. Ian Daniel, Learning, Participation & Interpretation Officer at St Fagans (who, to the delight of our guests, arrived at the black tie event in full medieval costume) and Dr Steve Burrow - Head of Historic Properties, told our guests all about the project.

Although throughout the past 6 months at the museum I have worked on events, I hadn’t realised quite how much more preparation this particular one would take. The event was aimed at legal professionals who might be interested in supporting such an innovative project about Welsh history. The events I have previously worked on have been for the Patrons of Amgueddfa Cymru, or other current supporters, donors and sponsors; this guest list however, was created to cultivate new supporters. The guest list was a mix of legal professionals from London and Wales, as well Trustees of Amgueddfa Cymru. Many were unaware of the major project at St Fagans and the event was a great way of informing them of our plans and our need for support.

It is really positive to gain support from people who may not always get the chance to visit the museum, busy legal professionals are unlikely to be able to take the time to travel from London to Wales to see our collections.  Yet they showed great interest in the work of Amgueddfa Cymru and really enjoyed learning about the project.

Ticket sales went extremely well and the event was a huge success. All our guests enjoyed the evening immensely and took home all of the literature we had prepared. It seems our aim of gaining support from further afield has started brilliantly with this event, and has put us in a really great position for our next London event later this year. Hopefully we will even be able to give some of our guests from Gray’s Inn a tour of St Fagans in the not too distant future! 

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