Royal Gazette: Interns contribute to vision for National Trust historic house
University students interning at an accounting firm offered a community perspective and hands-on assistance to help an historic landmark.
PwC interns spoke last week with the Bermuda National Trust about the role that Verdmont Museum in Smith’s could play within the community.
The students shared their ideas of how the African Diaspora Heritage Trail site could be interpreted, such as reimagining it as a site of enslavement.
Later, the interns helped to clean the museum from top to bottom, including clearing out the attic and cellar areas.
Caitlin Bean, PwC’s senior associate of human capital, who helped to organise the event, said that the team-building exercise was “very rewarding”.
She added: “Our team was able to learn more about Verdmont and the historical importance of the property, while also assisting the trust with tasks that required multiple hands.
“When participating in our team-building days, our people are encouraged to have open communication, knowledge share and actively build more meaningful connections outside of our day-to-day working relationships.
“Through this we are able to give time and support back to initiatives that are of greater importance to our island while also building trust with each other.”
Charlotte Andrews, the BNT’s head of cultural heritage, said: “We loved working with PwC’s interns and are very grateful for all the work they accomplished.
“Such group team-building does so much to assist BNT’s small non-profit staff with both its everyday work and visionary ideas.”
Dr Andrews added: “Any company interested in corporate team-building with the Bermuda National Trust should get in touch with us.
“We have plenty of heritage team-building opportunities, including at the museums, historic cemeteries and nature reserves that we hold in trust for everyone in Bermuda.”
Opening hours for the Verdmont Museum are available at bnt.bm
Admission throughout the summer is free, though donations are appreciated.