Making It! has been making donations to schools throughout the pandemic to fund IT equipment for children to be able to work at home. #MakingITHappen.
Cheques presented by Andre Camilleri, Chair of Making It!, to Berry Hill Primary, Holly Primary, King Edwin Primary and Priestsic Primary.
Joined the Trust in December 2008
Chair of The Making It! Industrial Heritage Trust and Local businessman
Joined the Trust in September 2014
Head Teacher – King Edward Primary & Nursery School, Mansfield
Joined the Trust in December 2009
Retired Chief Executive of Mansfield District Council
Joined the Trust in June 2018
The Trust was formed in 1996 by a group of local businessmen who joined together to raise funds to refurbish the Mansfield Brewery Victorian Brewhouse and establish an interactive discovery centre through the provision of a tourist attraction. The beneficiaries would be families and school children.
Following a successful fundraising campaign, Phase 1 opened in 1998 as a brewing exhibition and tours around the Mansfield Brewery. Phase 1 was closed in 2000 following a successful grant application to the Lottery Fund and match funding from local businesses. Phase 2 opened in 2002, providing a fully interactive visitor centre based around the process of design and technology.
During the latter couple of years, there was a decline in the number of visitors to the attractions, particularly school children.
In March 2015, the Trustees took the difficult decision to close the visitor centre and to channel its funds into supporting school curriculum activities and also those of the local community primarily for children.
The Trust has an excellent track record of supporting schools with funding to enhance their design and technology curriculum activities and aims to build on this good work by diversifying into other areas of providing funding to schools, community education projects and entrepeneurial programmes for 16 – 24 year olds.
The visitor centre was host to over 165,000 children and adults between April 2002 and April 2015, including c.78,000 children who visited the galleries to enhance their curriculum lessons in design and technology. This space is set to become an incubation hub for local young people.