I am collaborating with Tavistock Youth Cafe and Tamar Landscape Partnership, with the support from the National Trust to explore Francis Drake’s home at Buckland Abbey. This partnership not only provides a valuable opportunity for young people to connect with their local heritage but also fosters a sense of ownership and leadership in exploring and interpreting the significance of figures like Drake.
Empowering the young people to lead discussions and share their perspectives on Drake, while adults facilitate using co-production techniques, demonstrates a commitment to valuing and amplifying youth voices in shaping the narrative of their community’s history. By engaging in workshops, meetings, train journeys, and one-to-one support sessions, the young people have a variety of avenues to explore their thoughts and feelings about Drake in a supportive and inclusive environment.
Furthermore, the involvement of The Tamar Valley National Landscape underscores the connection between local heritage and natural beauty, providing a holistic understanding of the landscape’s significance and its relationship to historical figures like Drake. This interdisciplinary approach not only enriches the exploration but also encourages participants to consider the interplay between culture, history, and the environment.