October 23, 2015, by Sunita Tailor

D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre Placement Diaries: Week Three

This is my last week as Festival of Culture Assistant here at D.H. Lawrence Heritage and I’m feeling pretty sad about leaving! It’s amazing to know you’re a part of such an interesting and diverse programme of events – and it feels even better when the events are well-attended and go as planned!

This week I’ve been overseeing the reactions to the events and social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook, alongside uploading photos to both sites behind the scenes. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about social media and online marketing over the past few weeks, especially Twitter, and it’s interesting to note which posts work well on which site.

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The invite-only official opening to the Festival of Culture was this week’s highlight for me, and it was also great for all the staff at D.H. Lawrence Heritage who have worked so hard on the exhibition; ‘No Right To Exist? The Rainbow and Other Books That Shocked’, and the Festival in general, to have their work recognised. Indeed, some of the responses to the Festival exhibition were very shocked indeed!

I’ve also been creating my own mini-exhibition for a film screening of Ken Russell’s The Rainbow, displaying original photographs from a BBC production of the novel filmed in Cossall, Nottinghamshire, the original setting for the book. This also involved making labels and additional information about the photographs – truly making me feel like a junior curator!

The Rainbow

As well as assisting with the distribution of promotional material for Heritage Open Days on 12-13th September, other events I’ve been working on include the poetry walk to Collier’s Wood and helping to run reading groups  –  it just shows the range of events and activities included in the D.H. Lawrence Festival of Culture!

I can’t wait for the other events running throughout the Festival – many of which I will be helping out with as a volunteer (or just attending anyway)! From heritage bus tours to beer festivals, reading groups  and free family events, there really is something for everyone!

For more information on the events listings or the D.H. Lawrence Festival of Culture in general, please visit www.dhlawrenceheritage.org, or visit our Facebook or Twitter page @DHLHeritage and use the hashtags #FestivalofCulture #NoRightToExist.

Overall, my time at D.H. Lawrence Heritage was a fantastic experience. I not only got to find out more about a sector I love, but got valuable experience working in the heritage field too. It was also a treat to work in such a friendly and informative environment. I would urge everyone to visit – or volunteer – at this wonderful attraction!

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