Apply now to be part of Open City’s special Royal Docks tour guide academy


Apply now to be part of Open City’s special Royal Docks tour guide academy

Up to 10 free places are available to local people from the Royal Docks and Newham area who have an interest in celebrating and sharing the area’s exciting past, present and future. The regeneration of the Royal Docks is set to dramatically transform the cultural, economic and political centre of gravity of London in exciting new ways. City Hall has recently located to the area, the Elizabeth Line is about to arrive, and a number of key developments are about to start onsite, unlocking thousands of new jobs and affordable homes – bringing a wealth of new opportunities to the area and its communities.

However, the story of the Royal Docks is not widely understood by many Londoners, which we want to change. We are inviting applications from local people to apply to be part of the Open City’s Golden Key Academy, which is a FREE 6 months public speaking course that will develop the essential skills, knowledge and critical thinking required to deliver engaging walking and cycling tours of the Royal Docks, centred on the area’s regeneration, architecture, heritage, and urban issues.

Created by Open City, the charity behind the acclaimed Open House festival and a much-loved year round programme of public tours, the Golden Key Academy will cover everything a skilled guide needs to create and deliver insightful, entertaining, culturally-aware, critically-ambitious and financially successful outdoor events/tours that explain the city and bring its many stories to life.

The taught programme will focus on tours of the Royal Docks – starting in early April and running through to September, which marks the 30th anniversary of London’s Open House festival. It will include a series of informative and interactive lectures covering core competencies such as editorial programming, critical interpretation, and the ethics of cultural production; guiding responsibilities and crowd safety; self-promotion and the use of technology to enable social distancing; and confidence in public speaking.

If this interests you and you live or work in the Royal Docks or represent a local community group in the area, then please get in touch by completing the application form, by 6pm on Tuesday 12 April.

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