Goodbye from Robin
It with a mixture of pride, sadness and excitement that I leave the Herbert after nearly 16 years service. I am tremendously proud of what we have achieved here – especially in the last 5 years with the new development and the success of the learning team’s education service to schools and families.
I am very sad at having to leave all my colleagues and team-mates. I’ve enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the staff here and I will miss that massively. This is particularly the case for the members of the Learning Team who I know I will miss enormously. I have been very lucky managing such committed, professional, talented and inspiring museum professionals over the years.
I have enjoyed many highlights in my time here – the winning of the Museums & Heritage Award in 2005 with Triangle Theatre for ‘Coventry Kids in the Blitz’ was a great achievement, topped off by being invited to speak about it at a museum theatre conference in Canberra, Australia!
Also, the winning of the Guardian Family Friendly Museum of the Year in 2010 was testament to the efforts that the whole staff here have made to welcome families and interpret our collections for them. Alongside our nomination for the Art Fund Prize this has to go down as wonderful recognition of our standing in the museum world now.
I was extremely humbled by the winning of the Outstanding individual Award, at the recent “Best of the West” museum awards. Thank you so much to my colleagues who nominated me – I am deeply appreciative. I must admit it does feel a bit like one of those “lifetime achievement” awards they give to old actors just before everyone thinks they are going to die!
Finally, I get so much pleasure just walking round the Herbert and seeing schools, families and general visitors getting enjoyment from our fantastic galleries, workshops and facilities.
I am very satisfied that I am leaving the Herbert in a very healthy state, with so much to be proud of. Thank you again to all the team at Coventry Heritage & Arts Trust.
Posted on 16/02/2011, in Learning and tagged Arc School, Best of the West, coventry, Guardian Family Friendly Museum, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Robin Johnson, Triangle Theatre. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.