December 7, 2023
New faces at the INTO Incubator
Growing New Trusts
Last week we brought together 16 new participants for three days of all things National Trust. The 2021 Incubator programme peeled back the layers of what builds a successful, resilient, and vibrant National Trust, looking at models from across the globe.
For this year’s Incubator we welcomed non-members and members, bringing perspectives on raising a trust from the ground-up, through every stage of that experience.
We took a moment to catch up with some of our freshest faces to the programme, the Centre for Historic Houses India (CHH), the Hungarian Garden Heritage Foundation (HGHF), and the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS).
Why attend the Incubator?
The Incubator draws on the diversity of the INTO network, to share the basics in best practice for growing National Trusts. Though from different corners of the globe, often the drivers behind the work of heritage organisations are anchored by the same vision, to share our heritage with the people that matter.
Whether that’s for future generations as Jahnel Nisbett, Director of NHCS outlines:
Or ensuring heritage benefits local communities, and continues to tell important stories as is centre to the mission of CHH India –
“Many historic buildings in India are at risk and many are not adequately utilised to benefit local communities. Our work is important because we really try to make a difference to these communities with the management schemes and programmes we propose. We need to ensure that they are well looked after and generate income to guarantee their existence and to benefit local communities.”
In Hungary, Edina Nagy Head of International Relations at the HGHF reminded us just how important the role of a National Trust is when hard times come. Whether that’s ensuring people have access to green space, like Hungary’s magnificent gardens and parks, or raising awareness about what gems lie right on our doorsteps.
Sharing the same goals often means we are met by similar challenges. More than anything the Incubator is an opportunity to learn from one another, knowing there is no one-size-fits-all approach to heritage management.
For Jahnel in Nevis, it’s the work of a fellow Caribbean island, the National Trust Trinidad and Tobago that ignites inspiration.
When we asked Edina at HGHF what INTO members she found influential, her response was more global:
“In our point of view, your initiative as a whole is truly inspiring. What you have done so far under the aegis of INTO and what you have contributed to – for instance via your TAP-INTO programme- are such practices that we find truly valuable.”
Want to know more about the INTO Incubator?
The Incubator a programme that supports heritage organisations seeking to make strategic change. The workshop takes learning and inspiration from the successful National Trust model and asks how this can be adapted for international contexts.
It is the essence of international networking however that allows us to draw these comparisons. Jahnel in Nevis puts the value of global collaboration succinctly when she says: