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Tranzit Art Café

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Iroda is the Hungarian word for Office. This sign is at the Tranzit Art Café, in a former bus station in Kostolányi Dezsö tér, in the XI. district of Budapest.



Before the end of March, "being on furlough" was an expression hardly ever heard in the UK.  In order to preserve jobs during the Covid-19 lockdown, more than a quarter of UK workers are now on furlough and not at work, with their wages being paid by the Government.  So this required a new question in a survey which I carried out recently.  Museums and other heritage organisations are making much more available online - exhibitions, talks, family activities - so we evaluators and visitor researchers are busy developing effective ways to evaluate online activities.

As a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, some of the Canny Chanters Chopwell Arts activities have had to be postponed until further notice, but I had the chance, as the project evaluator, to go along to the Woodland Wool felt making workshop run by Emz Galdo. CCCA is a pilot programme of music and other activities taking place in Chopwell, to provide creative opportunities for children, young people and adults to have fun, make new friends, learn new skills and find new talents.

Since Heritage Schools began in 2012, I have worked with Qa Research to evaluate the programme to show the impact it has on children and young people learning about their local heritage, linking their local history to national history, and gaining pride and understanding in the place where they live.

A site visit to Kings Seat hill fort near Dunkeld, and this is a hearth where bones and charcoal have dated it to 570AD. The hill fort is on top of a prominent hill, but it was completely overgrown by rhododendrons until local people, with the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust and AOC Archaeology started to excavate in 2017.  They have found many hearths on the site, indicating that the hillfort was a centre for working bronze, silver and gold.  The number of pieces of c.600AD pottery (E ware) also shows that this was a high-status site as only wealthy people could afford this type of tableware.   School groups have taken part in the dig too and been archaeologists for a day - perhaps a future career for some?