I said last week I’d be back again soon and here I am!
Here is a bit more of an update of what has been happening in THI-land since my last sizeable blog entry in July.
Historic Environment Intern Starts!
As part of the THI we aim to give five people paid work experience and a qualification that will help them start a career in conserving our built environment. I posted back in February about the first internship opportunity and the interviews were in March. We had a lot of interest in the post, which is encouraging.
I’m delighted to say the first ever THI Intern, Chris Han started in post with us just over a month ago on 4th August following his completion of a Building Surveying course at LJMU. Chris has been working alongside the Principal Conservation Officer and I on the THI and delivering the Knowsley Historic Environment Strategy.
Among the first things Chris has done is to start drafting a Conservation Area Appraisal for Huyton Church Road and Victoria Road Conservation Area (Prescot’s Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan are already adopted and up to date by the way). He has also been out and about in Prescot doing survey work that will support the THI.
We’ve just had the good news today that Chris is enrolled at UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) to start a Masters in Building Conservation and Regeneration later this month. He’ll be more qualified than me by the end of it! The combination of a qualification and on the job training and experience is one of the ways the THI is trying to support the conservation of the built environment in the longer term.
We will be offering this opportunity every year for the remainder of the THI. I’ll let you know via this blog (as well as the Council’s usual job advertisement channels) when we’re looking to recruit for the second internship to start next August.
The wall art at the corner of Leyland Street and Ecleston Street. Pavement courtesy of the THI, wall art courtesy of the Town Team.
It’s been up a while, I know, but it’s still looking great – I just wanted to belatedly say well done to those at the Prescot Town Team who made the new wall art at the corner of Leyland Street and Eccleston Street a reality.
This project was initiated by the Town Team whose bright idea has created a real ‘landmark’ and talking point that has made good use of a blank gable. The theatre shown in the artwork is a reference to there definitely being a playhouse in Prescot that existed in Prescot in the Elizabethan era. The playhouse (or theatre) is reputed to have hosted a certain William Shakespeare. He either performed in Prescot as an actor and/or had one of his plays performed here whilst staying at Knowsley Hall.
In more recent years Mr Shakespeare has been spotted on £20 notes. His plays and verse continue to confuse and vex secondary school English Literature pupils to this day.
The THI cannot fund public art, so I’m particularly pleased that the Town Team has stepped in and commissioned this piece.