Learning & Activities
The Learning and Activity Centre here at Kelmarsh Hall offers a new and exciting program from 2018, providing people of all ages the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and participate in activities within our stunning country house setting. The space offers engaging school visits and a diverse lifelong learning program, with events taking place throughout the year. These include a summer and winter lecture series, expert-led painting courses, family activity days, flower arranging, local and family history research courses and craft cafés!
Thanks to generous support from the HLF and our other funders, new resources are now available to ensure that visitors of all ages enjoy an excellent learning and activity experience.
Utilising the latest technologies alongside an interactive approach to the rooms, collections and gardens, Kelmarsh Hall offers pupils and students across the key stages a unique opportunity to enjoy a full sensory experience of a modern heritage property, as well as valuable insights into what life was like for those who once worked and lived at the property.
Thanks to a £1.3 million Heritage Fund grant to restore our servants' quarters, and support for our learning and activity programme, and the Daventry District Council and the Sylvia Waddilove Foundation grants for supporting the development our Learning and Activity Centre.
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens are the winners of the Historic Houses 2018 Frances Garnham Award, presented for Innovation in Heritage Education. The Frances Garnham Award, commemorates the achievements of Frances Garnham who worked as Director of Policy and Campaigns at Historic Houses.
The Kelmarsh Trust are delighted and honoured to have won the Frances Garnham award for the recognition of learning opportunities and community involvement within heritage settings, which is a key aim of the Kelmarsh Trust.
Integral to the new learning opportunities is the newly opened servants' quarters in April 2018, with thanks to the National Lottery Grant of £1.35 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This has allowed the ‘Below Stairs’ to be opened up to visitors. The new space offers an insight into Victorian Working Life which the Learning and Activities Officer has incorporated into a range of enhanced learning programs and research/study opportunities.
In 2019 Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens were delighted to be awarded with the Sandford Award. The Sandford Award is named after its founder, Lord Sandford who was Minister of the Environment during the European Year of Architecture in 1977 and inspired to continue the educational access to historic buildings pioneered at that time. To further this, he developed the Award scheme to promote an acceptable standard of educational provision that schools should seek and to which properties should aspire in their provision. The Kelmarsh Learning and Acitivities Team are delighted to have their work within educational activities, school visits and adult learning recognised by such a prestigious award.