Have Your Say on the Future of Local Heritage and Culture

Posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2023

A brand-new opportunity has been launched to help shape the future of heritage and culture in Newark and Sherwood. Applications are now open for local people to join the Open Doors Board, working alongside staff and volunteers at the Palace Theatre Newark, National Civil War Centre and Newark Castle to help develop and review a three-year programme enabling access to arts across the district.

The Open Doors programme is being put together thanks to Arts Council England funding which will make Heritage and Culture at Newark and Sherwood District Council a National Portfolio Organisation from April this year. The programme’s aim is to develop an understanding of the needs and interests of local communities, increase creative opportunities for young people and underserved groups and become a focal point for culture across Newark and Sherwood.

Board members will not only have the satisfaction of playing a hugely important role in the district’s cultural future but also receive some fantastic benefits; expenses will be paid, there is a great chance for both personal development and connecting with other like-minded people, and members will be able to enjoy behind-the-scenes access to our local arts attractions.

Councillor Rhona Holloway, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Visitors at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “This is a unique chance to help local people enhance their lives through heritage, culture and the arts. To best serve our residents, we really want the board to be reflective of the whole district so I’d encourage people from all backgrounds and ages to apply, especially if you’ve felt underserved by local arts provision in the past.

Applications are open from now until Wednesday 8 March. A full recruitment pack and details of how to apply can be found at www.nationalcivilwarcentre.com/opendoors.