The Spaces we Need
Commonly associated with the many country houses it owns, it might come as a surprise to some to learn that the National Trust was founded not just to protect country houses and their way of life, but to save green spaces for the benefit of the working class in London.
In this podcast, Edinam Edem-Jordjie New Museum School Trainee at National Trust – Morden Hall examines the role of the National Trust and its founders in the open spaces movement and what the Trust is doing to uphold the legacy of the movement.
Find the podcast on the Culture& website
Edinam was one of 6 New Museum School trainees at the National Trust.
Edinam was based within the London Creative Team at the Trust’s regional office in London, and the Garden and Outdoors team at Morden Hall Park, focusing on projects centred around urban greenspace – one of which involved restoring the famous Rose Garden.
After graduating with a degree in anthropology at Goldsmiths University, Edinam worked at University College London for 11 months where she supported the Community Engagement and Exhibitions teams with the planning, production, and delivery of exhibitions and public engagement programmes within and outside UCL.
Alongside this, she also spent time volunteering at various heritage sites such as the National History Museum. These experiences inspired her interest in finding new and innovative ways of presenting the objects, traditions, places, etc. that tell the stories, beliefs, histories, and values of our society.
As a New Museum School trainee, she undertook the opportunity to do this, using the skills she has in new ways alongside developing new skills and knowledge in horticulture.