For those living in the Carlisle and District area who find it difficult to visit Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery in Carlisle, outreach is an opportunity to experience the museum in their own area through a range of projects and programmes linked to the museum’s collections and exhibitions. The Longtown Youth Projects Girls Group, inspired by the Donald Wilkinson landscape exhibition at Tullie House, produced silk paintings with the help of an artist and Tullie House volunteers. After being showcased at Tullie House, their work went on display at the Graham Arms and Arthuret Church in Longtown.
Older members of the community have also enjoyed visiting exhibitions at Tullie House, and having been inspired, have also gone on to produce their own artworks with the help of an artist and the support from Tullie House volunteers. Elderly groups can also enjoy reminiscence sessions that volunteers, trained in reminiscence, deliver, using themed reminiscence boxes. Some of the boxes include, WWII, 1940s, Schooldays, Weddings and Going Out.
Volunteers trained in ordal history have also interviewed some fo the children from St. Bede's R.C. Primary School, Carlisle for the Carlisle Cultures exhibition. Many of the children have come from different countries across the globe and they told their stories about the country they came from and about lving in Carlisle.
The Community Outreach programme relies very much on the help and support of the Tullie House community volunteers to deliver the various projects and they have helped Tullie House to fulfill its role as a Museum for the people of Carlisle. Many of the projects culminate in a display at Tullie House and often opened by the Mayor. Tullie House is currently working on a new Arts in Health programme in support of the Council’s Healthy Communities strategy and will be working with groups to promote health and well-being through creativity.