Bishop Grosseteste University College has a rich heritage developed over the past 150 years. In the run up to our 150th anniversary in 2012, the University College is aiming to build upon this history by developing a new heritage trail around the University College Campus. This will then link to a wider heritage trail into the City of Lincoln and will include a number of historic buildings and places that have a shared history with the University College. The trail will be linked to a wider healthy campus project, which aims to encourage students, staff and the local community to engage in a range of activities to promote health and wellbeing. It is hoped the Heritage Trail will provide a conduit to encourage learning and participation and engagement in walking (and possibly cycling) activities and will also encourage the wider local community onto campus and engaging with other healthy campus activities.
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Through developing a heritage trail that charts the history of the University College and links to a wider trail around the city of Lincoln, we aim to encourage more people to come onto the campus and engage with the history of teaching as a profession. The interactive nature of the trail will provide learning opportunities, linking to a Healthy Campus initiative. This will encourage people to participate in healthy campus activities, including food and nutrition advice, well being sessions and a range of sporting activities. The heritage trail will be promoted to alumni and to local schools (for organised school visits), but it will be open to all. As part of the Heritage project there will be opportunities for participants to add their own memories of the University College, building up an oral and physical archive. These will be incorporated into the fabric of a permanent exhibition and in this way; all those who engage will also have the opportunity to fully participate. 'Health & History - A College Through Time' will be designed with the input of current heritage students as a module (Interpretation and Education) within their studies, in this way, the project is designed to develop their skills in developing a concept that will go on to help them in their future chosen careers. The Healthy Campus element of the project is being developed through a Healthy Campus committee, comprising representation amongst students, staff and the wider community. This again provides a medium in which members can grow and learn, developing committee and team building skills and gaining a sense of ownership of the project. In both cases, both groups have been tasked with ensuring the highest standards throughout, another element which will be new to many of those leading on this project, providing yet further opportunities for learning, with guidance from experienced staff and volunteers. Health and wellbeing is a crucial component of "Health & History - A College through Time', aimed at creatively engaging members of the local community in undertaking gentle exercise, whilst also learning about an important part of their local history. Through the medium of local heritage, we aim to lead individuals to engagement in the wide range of activities planned under the healthy campus banner, including food and nutrition and well being. The project is being designed to ensure that all individuals who participate will have the opportunity to contribute (sharing memories, feedback on healthy campus ideas) so that they will not only feel that they are supporting the project, but will have a real sense of ownership. We know from our archives that our past students led healthy lifestyles with walking and cycling a major part of their daily lives. Through connecting with our heritage, we will inspire current generations to improve their health.
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