27 King Street

An account of my stewarding stint on heritage open day.

INTRODUCTION

This post is the first of the detailed Heritage Open Day 2017 posts following on from the series opener. I visited the building that this post is dedicated to twice – first to familiarise myself with it, and then to spend two hours stewarding there. 

THE STEWARDING EXPERIENCE

As I mentioned in the overview piece as I was stewarding alongside councillor Lesley Bambridge. All we knew when we started was that there were no visitor forms left for people to fill in, and that the basic rule was that if a door was open the room was accessible, otherwise not. Additionally, although it was possible to climb the staircase from ground to first floor there were no open doors on that floor, and above the first floor were private flats. We were three-quarters of the way through our stint when we discovered that we were supposed to be keeping count of visitors. From the moment we started keeping count we recorded 61 people coming in, which multiplied by four gives 244 people, which I rounded down on our tally sheet to approximately 240. Multiplied by three for the whole day this gives about 720 people coming in, and this was one of the more minor attractions.

That number of visitors also serves to explain why those two hours took quite a lot out of me – that scale of personal interaction is no joke for an autistic person.

I have put myself down to volunteer again next year, and look forward to doing it again.

27 KING STREET IN PHOTOGRAPHS

I took some photographs on my preliminary visit and had occasional opportunities while stewarding as well.

Blurb
The official info sheet (there were three copies strategically positioned within the building).

Boss desk 1painting and fireplacePaintingwashbasincouchbackroomSofachairs and mirrorFireplacebig safeCupboardFloor planSafe

Ellipsoid skylight 1
This was the first of four internal and two external shots I took of this feature. Does this feature have a name other than my own “Ellipsoid Skylight”.

Floor patternColumnEllipsoid skylight 2Top of columnDecorative window

Ellipsoid skylight external 1
Externally it looks like a greenhouse roof.

Ellipsoid skylight external 2Safe 2MilnersHOD balloon

Boss desk 2
The little white rectangle on the front centre of the desktop is the A4 size info sheet.

Ellipsoid skylight 4

Author: Thomas

I am branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk and #actuallyautistic (diagnosed 10 years ago at the comparatively advanced age of 31). I am a keen photographer, so that most of my own posts contain photos. I am a keen cricket fan and often write about that subject. I also focus a lot on politics and on nature.

7 thoughts on “27 King Street”

  1. Fantastic looking place, I’ve always loved King street , congratulations to you for having to perform a hard task all day long with all those people and you’ve volunteered all over again next year !

    1. Fortunately the volunteering side of things only lasts for two of the six hours – I had the middle (12 till 2) shift – but you are right that it is a hard task to interact with so many people over that period of time.

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