In March 2015, Jan Leandro joined Canterbury Cathedral as Head of Learning & Participation to develop wide reaching learning and engagement programmes across the Cathedral at a strategic level, and lead on the delivery and implementation of the audience development, interpretation, learning and community engagement elements for The Canterbury Journey.
Jan has over five years experience working on another Heritage Lottery Fund project for the historic Dreamland amusement park in Margate, where she was responsible for audience development, interpretation, learning, heritage management, events, press and PR, volunteer recruitment, training and opening an interactive and immersive pre-opening Visitor & Learning Centre.
Previously Jan was the first appointed Knowledge Transfer Officer for the University for the Creative Arts, initially working across five campuses in Kent and Surrey, to build industry and community partnerships, and to design and deliver professional skills development and networking programmes. Prior to joining UCA Jan co-founded Kent Hothouse, the first television and film professional development and networking agency in the South East of England.
“I’m delighted to join the Cathedral at this exciting time and look forward to meeting and working with new colleagues, volunteers and the wider community.
The Canterbury Journey will provide new interpretation and visitor trails through the Cathedral and its environs to improve access to the Cathedral’s collections, heritage, community and culture and engage new, diverse and hard to reach people.
Our Community Engagement Manager, Martin Crowther, will be joining us in May to work closely with the Schools Department to engage more schoolchildren, particularly those in deprived areas who do not currently visit the Cathedral. Through outreach activities, online resources and loan box scheme, Martin will also be working with hard to reach audiences of all ages, cultural backgrounds and faiths.
In June our Collections Manager, Dr Sarah Turner, joins the team and will be working closely with the Archive and Library Team, and Head of Conservation to produce a Collection Management Plan, and will work across the Cathedral to develop an exhibitions programme utilising items and artefacts from the collection.
In addition to the school’s programme, we are developing projects and access programmes for colleges and universities as well as planning family workshops, adult learning activities and new volunteering opportunities. We will be piloting some of these activities over the summer months, and are keen to receive feedback from visitors to the Cathedral, local residents, and the wider and online communities.
Once open, we will make good use of the interpretation and community spaces within the new Welcome Centre at 36/37 Burgate, next to the Christ Church Gate.”
Jan Leandro, Head of Learning & Participation.