A key part of our mission statement is a commitment to promoting an increased public awareness of the built and natural environment.
Since 2011 we have made a special effort to help Doncaster’s young people get a better understanding of the historic qualities of Doncaster’s many towns and villages. But we recognise that the quality of new buildings and places is just as important.
Our planning system welcomes and encourages people to become involved in the development decision-making process.
And increasingly, influential people have some positive things to say about the value of all of us becoming better acquainted with the principles of architecture and good urban design.
“The way in which we shape our physical environment must be taught as early as possible in schools if we are to get across how critical the role of the built environment is to our health and wellbeing – socially, economically, environmentally and culturally. It includes everything from aesthetics and sustainability to “your home, your street, your neighbourhood, your town where the smallest part, your home and your street, collectively make an enormous contribution to the future of our planet.”
The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment 2014
So we think now is a good time to use our knowledge and influence.
With our partners at the University of Sheffield we have delivered several education initiatives which you can explore in this section.
We see this as a continuous process. We have other education projects in the pipeline which we hope will appeal to Doncaster’s young people particularly.
Our Doncaster: Engaging Young People with Doncaster’s Architecture
The Trust’s education initiative derives in large part from the report drawn up by Dr Lisa Procter of the University of Sheffield’s Research Exchange for the Social Sciences in 2013. The report, commissioned by the Trust, explores the theory, practice and value of engaging young people with architecture and the built environment. It has given the Trust confidence and direction to pursue a wide ranging education programme.
You can read the report by clicking here.
The University Link
It means a lot to us at the Trust that we have been able to work closely with Sheffield School of Architecture. As you will see from a close read of the education section of this website, the university have made major contributions to the range and variety of our education initiatives. We have gained extensively from the knowledge and expertise that teachers at the university have contributed and from the energy and enthusiasm of the students.
The positive experience of working with our friends at Sheffield has encouraged us to seek other opportunities to collaborate with this sector. Our partnership with University of York to joint-fund a studentship based at Doncaster Mansion House is in its second year in 2019 and yielding useful educational material.
‘Over the last 5 years, we have had the pleasure of working with Doncaster Civic Trust on a range of education projects, aimed to engage young people in the past, present and future of their places and spaces. We have enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with the Trust’s representatives, who have always been open to informed discussions and innovative responses to working with children around issues of the built environment. The resources that have been created with the Trust offer a range of interactive tools for foundation stage, primary and secondary children. Together these outputs provide support and encourage teachers, as well as pupils, to consider their locality and surroundings differently. The resources devised with the Trust also enable young people to be active in their built environment and make career related choices. The DCT are great partners to work with; they are supportive, enthusiastic and forward thinking. We hope to continue our relationship in the future.’
Leo Care, MArch Director
School of Architecture, University of Sheffield