Meet the HCW Team
Every week we will introduce you to one of the staff members of the Heritage and Culture Warwickshire team. Find out about their job role, their favourite archive or object and other interesting facts….
Emma Andrews, Development Manager
Hello – I am one of two service managers who look after the Heritage & Culture Warwickshire Team. Whilst I help lead the service as a whole, I also have specific responsibility for the learning & community engagement, arts, development and operations teams. This means getting involved in everything from our regular schools programme, holiday activities, arts development, commercial income generation and fundraising, through to the day to day management of our historic buildings and sites. I really enjoy working with a team of enthusiastic people, with knowledge and skills spanning everything from numismatics to taxidermy, contemporary dance to book binding, demonstrating how to make ice cream to making slime!
One of my favourite jobs is the annual opening of Chesterton Windmill as part of the Heritage Open Days festival. I’m really hoping we might still be able to open in September 2020 …. fingers crossed!
Since the Covid-19 outbreak I’ve been working from home to support the team in helping make HCW’s collections, activity and engagement opportunities as accessible as possible via digital channels. I’ve also been working with colleagues and partners across the County to help support the heritage and culture sector during this difficult time.
I live locally, in Kenilworth, and am also trying to keep my three sons aged 14, 12 and 8 as busy as possible (and off a screen of one sort or another!). I know lots of families will be finding this time a real juggling act, managing concerns for friends, family and neighbours whilst trying to maintain a sense of normality and positivity in their household. Finding time to access some heritage and culture that interests us personally can be real oasis of calm during this time … and I would urge you to take this opportunity to visit the OurWarwickshire website for some inspiration.