By Judith Phillips
This month we have said goodbye to Rupert Philbrick who has been the Community Co-ordinator for the project since May 2014. In just over two years Rupert has done so much.:
- The ‘Lights Out’ lantern-lit walk with poetry readings in the Museum grounds to commemorate the declaration of war – a very moving experience
- Arranged series of talks by speakers on different aspects of the war
- Given talks and presentations to various Teesdale groups
- Drop-in advice session about medals etc with museum conservation staff on hand
- Overseen the development of the e-newsletter
- Attended WWI-related events in the area
- Liaised with local secondary schools for creative writing sessions
- Encouraged local students and other members of the public to be involved with the project as volunteers
- Written short articles about the project for the Teesdale Mercury
- Acted as listener, photographer, sound recordist when people bring memorabilia and stories
- Organised very successful sessions at Deerbolt Young Offenders Institution (so successful he’s been asked to go back and do more).
Rupert has so many contacts in Teesdale through his work with The Hub, Cream Tees and The Turrets as well as photographer, film-maker and musician that I only have to mention his name and people know who I mean! He’s been a great help to me throughout our work together – we made a pretty good double act! – and I’m going to miss him immensely. Rupert intends to keep in touch with the project as a volunteer, and I’m really looking forward to that.
So, a really big THANK YOU to Rupert, and all best wishes for the future.