The Cathedral’s new Director of Outreach and Learning, Ariane Crampton, knows the importance of thorough research.
A Natural Sciences graduate from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, she reveals that prior to joining the Cathedral she devoured the entire Lindchester Chronicles series (a modern day Barchester Chronicles written by Catherine Fox, wife of the Bishop of Sheffield) in order to get to grips with life working in the Cathedral Close.
“The Chronicles have a reputation for being rather racy" says Ariane, "but they are also a popular introduction to theological and political questions in the Church of England. My career has been largely spent in local government so I am having to get to grips with a whole new working environment.”
No stranger to outreach and partnership working having just spent the last two and a half years as Head of Employment and Skills at Wiltshire Council, Ariane oversees the Cathedral’s 600 plus team of volunteers, Library and Archive staff and the Education team (which works with schools across the county and diocese). She also has oversight of events and event planning including the Cathedral’s Art exhibitions. A huge and varied portfolio that would daunt many.
Ariane is one of three director-level lay managers working to Jackie Molnar, Executive Director and Chapter Clerk, so her arrival completes the senior lay management line up, as they look ahead to the removal and restoration of the Father Willis organ in 2019 and the celebration of the Cathedral's foundation and the establishment of the city of Salisbury in the following year.
“Ariane is an excellent addition to the Cathedral team," says Jackie Molnar, "bringing with her a deep knowledge of Wiltshire partnerships and strong strategic planning skills. We are already developing a programme of events for 2020, when we will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Cathedral, so she joins us at an exciting time but busy time.”
In a varied career that includes a year as a tour guide in the Galapagos Islands and workplace coaching, Ariane also developed a passion for the environment. She led a team charged with reducing Wiltshire Council’s carbon footprint and is a trustee of a national charity called the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Given the Cathedral’s commitment to the A Rocha Eco Church programme (the Cathedral holds a Silver Level Award) and the fact that the Bishop of Salisbury is the environmental lead for the Church of England, she brings considerable knowledge and insight to yet another aspect of everyday life at the Cathedral.
Just over a month into the job Ariane has seen the Cathedral and city caught up in a national news story, the Southern Cathedrals Festival has taken place and a film crew have been shooting night scenes for The Spanish Princess, the third part of in an anthology series for Starz US cable and satellite network that explores the story of Catherine of Aragon. The Spanish Princess is based Philippa Gregory's novels The Constant Princess and The King's Curse and is a follow-on from the previous series The White Queen and The White Princess, both of which have been screened in the UK.
“It has been quite an introduction to the Cathedral life,” Ariane observes, “but I am enjoying getting to know my portfolio and how everything works. The Learning and Outreach department has grown considerably over the last few years and the range of activity is phenomenal.”
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