Business Charity Awards 2016: Community Impact - Capgemini with Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

For a business that has provided vital support to a charitable project in a specific locality

Blists Hill Victorian Town: the partnership has involved more than 750 Capgemini staff
Blists Hill Victorian Town: the partnership has involved more than 750 Capgemini staff

What is the project?

Blists Hill Victorian Town is a recreation of a typical mining town at the end of the 19th century, run by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The trust approached Capgemini, one of the largest employers in nearby Telford, about helping to improve facilities at the venue and make it more environmentally sustainable.

How is the company involved?

More than 750 Capgemini volunteers gave about 5,000 hours of time to support the trust. They worked to turn wasteland into a nursery, putting up greenhouses and installing raised planting beds. Volunteers also helped to clear woodland, canal slipways and railway arches, reinstate paths and exhibits, and erect fencing. Capgemini staff have enthusiastically adopted the project: the sign-up list for volunteering at the museum is consistently full and six employees have become regular volunteers in their own time.

What has it achieved?

The work that needed to be done would have taken the trust's small site team months, as opposed to days. Environmentally sustainable practices adopted by the volunteers helped the trust to gain a Gold Star Green Business Tourism Award. The two organisations have now strengthened their partnership and are working to develop a broader range of projects across all the trust's sites.

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