CHELTENHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL: THE SUMMERFIELD LECTURE
The Trustees request that a proportion of our grant to the Literature Festival be used to provide sixth form students in the county with free tickets to the Summerfield events.
CHELTENHAM FESTIVALS - EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The Summerfield Charitable Trust has a long-standing history of supporting Cheltenham Festivals’ Education work. The Education Department was established with initial funding from the Trust, and has since built a strong reputation for their comprehensive education programme.
The Trust has supported a range of projects through which the Festivals have inspired communities across Gloucestershire in the arts and science. The Festivals education work now engages around 25,000 children, young people and adults every year with high quality events and free activities.
In 2012 the Trust funded the appointment of an education consultant to review Cheltenham Festivals education provision which has enabled them to set new strategic objectives and to create a long term plan for the future growth of their work.
CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The genesis of the Science Festival was, in fact, in the Summerfield Annual Lectures at the Literature Festival. Two lectures given by leading scientists, Lewis Wolpert and Susan Greenfield, entitled "Is Science Dangerous?" and "The Wiring of our Brains" respectively, became two of the hottest tickets at the Literature Festival. This convinced Jeremy Tyndall, then Head of Festivals, that there was sufficient public interest to take setting up a Science Festival seriously. The Summerfield Trust provided the vital seed-corn funding for the first Festival held in 2002.
The Summerfield Charitable Trust now sponsors a lecture at the annual Festival. Click here to read Trustee James Millar's review of this year's Summerfield Lecture by Martin Rees.