The 2023 programme
It also saw a wide variety of hobbies and interests illuminated at different sites, such as a deep dive into the history of gaming in Bath Assembly Rooms to a look at wellness through the lens of Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Many events featured interactive elements, with competitions and challenges up and down the country, such as an escape room in Nottingham, and creative tasks and prizes to be won in Birmingham and Yorkshire!
Getting young people involved
A key aspect of this programme is collaborating with young people to co-create events and help create a vision of heritage for the future. More than 100 young people got involved as active decision makers helping to plan the 14 events across the programme. Their feedback shows that taking part in New Wave could help inspire future generations of heritage leaders, as:
- 100% felt proud of what they had achieved
- 91% have a better understanding of how the sector works and would like to continue working or volunteering in heritage
- Almost 3/4 are now considering a career in heritage
Equally for sites involved, the benefit of working with young people in this way is clear:
- 100% agreed that they enjoyed their time on the New Wave Programme
- 100% of organisers agreed that they enjoyed working with Young Adults
- 73% of participants agreed that being involved allowed them to step away from their ‘normal’ day-to-day and think differently
'I loved it - for me it was my first time applying for any kind of funding and my first opportunity to oversee a project! It was super welcoming and beginner-friendly, I learned things that I can definitely take forward for the future when planning more events!'
Over 1,000 visitors attended the 14 events across the programme. Visitor comments show that audiences enjoyed the hands-on and experience-led nature of many of the events, and many visitors mentioned that they appreciated seeing 18-25 year olds involved in organising and putting on events. Here are some examples from the programme:
Mixing with History and Wellness at Hall’s Croft
This tranquil event was a hit with visitors who enjoyed music, herbalist wisdom, flower crowns, crafts, and mocktails in a beautiful historic setting.
Very enjoyable and unique event. Lovely to be able to access somewhere that has been mostly closed since lockdown. Enjoyable flower crown workshop, interesting herbalist demonstration and lovely atmosphere with the evening garden lights and mocktail bar. It makes me wish that more events were put on in more places around Stratford. There are some beautiful sites but access to them can be either very expensive or heavily restricted. Everyone was very friendly and it was a lot of fun. I would definitely want to attend similar events in the future.
Stories from the Soil
This beautiful Victorian cemetery offered a fascinating insight into some of the creatives of Sheffield’s past with cyanotype workshops to try too!
The event was really inspiring. It brought to life the stories of working class people and the temporary exhibition told those stories sensitively. Wardsend Cemetery was a really zen place, it was quiet and peaceful and the printing workshop was a real treat. I came away with something connected to the site and that I would probably frame!
It was very pleasing to visit an event that was conceived and run by young people. The art workshop was interesting and easy to participate in. The information boards were easy to read, colourful and informative. Safe paths to use were highlighted by Heritage Day promotional items.
The iconic Old Library in Liverpool came to life with performances by young local artists and the stories of people from the libraries past.
Delighted the event was organised and facilitated by young adults between the ages of 18 - 25. It was good to see these students given the chance to showcase their talents in front of a live audience. Plus the building itself is fab.
A big thank you
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s New Wave programme and creating such brilliant events. Whether by volunteering, joining the cohort, visiting an event, guest speaking, or hosting one of our training days – THANK YOU for being part of this special project!
Find out more
- Read a full list of the New Wave events and download our impact report
- Sunderland Culture - Read an in-depth case study from one of this year's participants
- New Wave - Learn more about our New Wave programme
- Festival Spotlights - Explore some of the fantastic events of this year's festival through the event directory
- Get Involved - Feeling inspired? Why not join the community?