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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT52NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING Education Department is oneof the busiest at NADFAS House.It has two full-time members ofstaff, Katherine Hill and EdwardBradshaw, plus four regular volunteers,Polly Bishop, Sue Harvey, Liz Simpsonand Pat Wood. They are all experiencedmembers of their local Societies andeach work at NADFAS House one day aweek. The volunteers are involved withall aspects of the EducationDepartment's diverse work and offersupport both to Societies and toNADFAS's 280 accredited lecturers.The Education Department helpsSocieties plan their programmes. Itadvises programme planners onsubjects, gives feedback on visitsorganised by other Societies, andresearches exhibitions and forthcominganniversaries of significance for thedecorative and fine arts. It also assiststhe Area Co-ordinators for Education(ACEs) -volunteers who organise studydays and courses on behalf of theNADFAS Areas. Details of these eventscan be found on page 18 and onNADFAS website Education Department overseesthe recruitment and accreditation of theEducation, education,education.Interviewing potential lecturers, researchingexhibitions and helping Societies planprogrammes is all in a day's work for theEducation Department at NADFAS Houselecturers. Every year, the Departmentreceives enquiries from over 150 peoplewho want their details to be included inthe NADFAS Directory of Lecturers.Each candidate has to completeNADFAS's stringent selection procedure,which includes observation of a lectureby a NADFAS member and giving ashort presentation on decorative or finearts to a panel of NADFAS members atNADFAS House. Successful candidatesare invited to join the Directory.Standards are very high and only 12 orso 'new to NADFAS' lecturers areaccepted each year. NADFAS lecturerscome from myriad backgrounds and talkknowledgeably on all aspects of thedecorative and fine arts - from glass,metalwork and costume design toportraiture, modern sculpture andarchitecture. Art and design fromprehistoric history to the 21st century iscovered, as is art and culture from allcorners of the world. Members whohave heard a lecturer they considersuitable for NADFAS audiences areencouraged to call the EducationDepartment as we are always on thelook out for talented lecturers.Every year, the Education Departmentorganises the Directory Meeting,NADFAS's biggest annual meeting,which brings together programmeplanners from over 330 NADFASSocieties and over 160 of its accreditedlecturers. During the morning session,following a welcome address from theNational Chairman, the 'new toNADFAS' lecturers give shortpresentations introducing themselvesand their subjects, while establishedlecturers present new titles. Theafternoon session sees Society reps andlecturers discuss future bookings.For the past 10 years, the DirectoryMeeting has been held at KensingtonTown Hall. Though this venue willcontinue to host NADFAS's LondonAGMs, space has become ratherlimited. After consultation with Societyrepresentatives and lecturers, it wasdecided to move the Directory Meetingto a larger venue and so this year it willbe held at Lawrence Hall, one of theRoyal Horticultural Society's exhibitionhalls. It is hoped this architecturallystriking art deco building in Westminsterwill allow room for more people toattend the meeting. The increasedspace has enabled NADFAS to invitefour travel affiliates -Hebridean IslandCruises, Swan Hellenic, Tailored Travel,and Voyages of Discovery - to themeeting to offer advice on Society toursand individual travel. EcclesiasticalInsurance, another affiliate, will alsoattend. In addition, two equipmentcompanies, Hillbrow UK and MJ Visual,will be on hand to answer questionsabout digital technology. (For more seepage 40.) However, moving to a newvenue inevitably provides the EducationDepartment with challenges and its staffhave been working for the past sixmonths to ensure the day runs smoothlyand is enjoyable for all attendees. Left:TheNADFASEducation teamin actionBelow:Lecturesubjects covereverything fromportraiture toantique jewellery