Encouraging young people to venture in to the past, Jack Welch wants to make local history more accessible for his age group.
His story was shown on ITV News Meridian (W) on Thursday 5th March.
The 21-year-old from West Dorset hopes to use his enthusiasm to inspire others to take an interest in heritage projects.
‘I’ve always been fascinated by history,' Jack explains.
‘I definitely want to pass this passion on to others. Heritage activities benefit young people. As well as learning about a new historical period they can also gain skills to make them more employable – like PR and social media.’
With Fixers, Jack and his team have helped create a booklet suggesting ways to make history engaging.
It includes a step-by-step guide to activities such as geocaching and offers advice on how to create a successful heritage project.
Read Jack and his team’s booklet ‘Generation History’ below.
Chris Copson, Curator of the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester, appears in the broadcast in support of Jack’s campaign.
‘At primary level, history is fun. You go to a museum, you make things, you dress up, and it’s absolutely fascinating,’ Chris says.
‘I think the problem is as you go forward to secondary level. It becomes more academic and a bit dry.
‘I don’t think there are enough young people actively involved in the heritage sector. It seems a bit stuffy and a bit dusty.
‘We’ve gone some way towards breaking that down, but there’s still a long way to go.’
Jack adds: ‘A project led by a young person can have a great future.
‘Whether it’s a geocache trail or a history exhibition, members of the public should visit and discover what young people have achieved.’
Jack's project was supported by the Wellcome Trust.
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