Grants awarded 2016 onwards

MERL Garden4000Museum of English Rural LifeTo develop further the visitor’s experience in the garden we would like to furnish the shepherd’s hut with traditional shepherding and contemporary shepherding materials. This will provide an introduction into the history shepherding and an opportunity to handle objects that help visitors investigate how wool is transformed from a fleece into a jumper. The garden boasts very varied planting of flowers, shrubs and trees, but offers little guide to visitors about them. We intend to create coherent signage across the garden. These will be permanent and accessible signs. Alongside the individual plant signage we would like a welcome panel to the garden in the style of a traditional village community notice board. This panel will provide information about all areas of the garden, our community groups and how to get involved. We have been in discussion with Nature Nurture about creating informal learning arenas within the garden and encouraging children to play outside. Our woodland area has been highlighted as ideal for this activity. To transform this area we require further materials to create a mud kitchen and for similar activities.
Drum Circle1414Institute of EducationMake up a full set of African drums so that both University students and school groups can take part in drumming sessions. £1000 from an alumna has started the set.
Boat trailer1000RUBC/RUSUFor towing boats around the country for competitions and training camps. The current trailer is 25 years old. Students have raised £5000 already.
Display system200Fine Art & ArchaeologyMaterials for students to make stands for travelling exhibition of residency work at Vale of Pewsey archaelogical site
Recording collections-based seminars2664Typography & Graphic CommunicationRecording two collections-based seminars for wide publication. This project will publish both internally and externally helping enhance the department and University's outreach as well as its academic aims.
Office & Kitchen refurbishment1001University Chaplaincy(a) £265 Kitchen equipment for students, societies & Univ. staff to prepare their own food & use by participants in bread baking activities; (b) Office equipment (PC £512.32 Microsoft Office £59.99 Printer £163.68) for chaplains and the Chaplaincy administrator, facilitating better interaction with students and staff (posters etc)