Close links have been forged between the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University after a placement project helped the Trust set up the new library and resource centre here at Capel-le-Ferne.
The Trust worked with the School of Humanities in the Faculty of Art and Humanities to offer a 40-hour placement as part of the Applied Humanities Employability in Practice module.
The placement was designed to focus on the historical and curatorial aspects of the work carried out at the Battle of Britain Memorial Site and involved helping the Trust establish the new library at Hunting Lodge, formerly the site’s visitor centre. The library will be made available, on request, to students, researchers and others who wish to study the comprehensive range of books and other material now held by the charity.
“The Trust took part in a session at which potential placement providers were able to meet the students informally to tell them more about what the placements would entail,” explained Trustee Andy Simpson.
“The students then applied to their preferred providers and after formal interviews, they were offered a place. This process was part of the module and students were assessed not just on their suitability for the placement but on their applications and their interview.
“We are confident that the placement provided a good ‘learning experience’ and we are pleased to be associated with Canterbury Christ Church University. We plan to keep working together to our mutual benefit.”