The 2018-19 Heritage Alliance and British Council Travel Grant Scheme enabled recipients to undertake an international visit to meet with colleagues and share skills, expertise and experience.
The scheme also supported UK heritage organisations who are starting to develop mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships. Here is the story of one of the recipients.
Hannah McLean is the Engagement and Social Media Manager for the Museum of British Colonialism. She used the British Council funding awarded to her by the Heritage Alliance to visit pertinent sites in Kenya relating to the Mau Mau Emergency -specifically those in Nyeri- and meet with potential partners at Karatina University.
This funding allowed Hannah to carry out crucial, challenging fieldwork and fully immerse herself in the sites at Nyeri. In this way she was able to gain a deep understanding of the contemporary context of the work carried out by the Museum; context vital for her own role as an Engagement Manager. In her own words:
“Field research is key to keeping our Museum running, relevant, and educational, and the building and maintenance of our network is essential in not only helping to undertake field research, but disseminate and share this knowledge.”