Take 5 with the team

We promised you some behind the scenes updates on this blog so grab a cuppa and a cookie, here’s 5 things we’ve been working on this month

1. Checking the scaffolding

Yep let’s start with the foundations – we’ve been confirming our insurance policy and working on the basic framework of our database where all the event records are held. We check it over each year, updating  it with new functions to reflect new themes and take advantage of technological advances that make it work faster and better for us all!

2. Connecting with coordinators 

There was a real buzz in the room at our Coordinators Conference - everyone busy planning for 2019, sharing ideas and enthusiasm.

We had our first coordinators conference a couple of weeks ago, and it was FAB. A fantastic day where many of our local coordinators gathered to hear lightning talks full of inspiration, to share ideas and experiences, ready to kickstart a brilliant year ahead. The enthusiasm and determination of our coordinators is truly inspiring and their achievements will be a focus of our celebrations in this anniversary year.

3. Party planning!

Yep, it’s our silver anniversary so we've been plotting various celebration strands. Including setting our volunteer Ben to research our archives…

Since I arrived into the HODS world my main focus has been collecting significant events, figures and highlights from the last 25 years. Alongside this I’ve been browsing slides from the 90s that we think will look great on Instagram. I’ve found they all have a story - such as at Powderham Castle which has been owned by the same family from the 13th century to the present day and has seen battles including a family feud which resulted in a four week siege! Currently my focus is on creating an infographic showing how far the event has come since its launch and the impact it’s had - which should continue to change up until our launch event in June. So keep an eye out for these projects hitting the blog and social media soon!

4. Exploring potential partnerships 

Another exciting strand to our work is connecting with new partners. We’re already working with the Womens Engineering Society this year and have run our first wikithon with them. Watch this space as we are planning more!

5. Getting more hands on deck

Some of the OLD pictures Ben has been sifting through from our archive!

Over the summer things get VERY busy here at HODs central so we need all hands on deck to ensure we can be as responsive as we can to highlight as many amazing stories as we can. So we’re recruiting new volunteers – do spread the word! Volunteers are the lifeblood our festival and working with them here in the office is one of the most rewarding parts of my job, they bring a fresh perspective, teach me new tricks particularly with IT, and we can build their skills and confidence, exploring the incredible diversity of heritage and work of the people involved with it.