Selected Case Studies

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Lune Aqueduct and Lancaster Canal Activity Plan

lune aqueductThis Activity Plan led to a successful £2m HLF bid (Dec. 2010) and was cited as an example of best practice by the HLF. Key features were: widespread community consultation and participatory displays; identification of opportunities for landscape management and conservation volunteering; community engagement and interpretation along the canal and river corridor. Consultation workshops for local schools, Beaumont College and community groups were held on canal boat trips. Recommendations were made on activities for telling the stories of the local traveller community’s historic links with the canal community, as well as opportunities for creative responses by students from Beaumont College, which is run by Scope. The Lune Aqueduct is ‘One of the Seven Wonders of the British Waterways’.

All Saints Kingston Heritage Project Activity Plan

All Saints Kingston HeritageThe Church at All Saints Kingston, strategically sited beside a key bridge over the River Thames and where an historic market place developed, was the site for the coronation of Seven Saxon Kings, including Athelstan the first King of All England. It can be said to be the forerunner of Westminster Abbey. There is a stone known locally as the ‘Coronation Stone’ sited some distance away from the church and somewhat neglected. The plan involved consultation with local residents about opportunities to tell this fascinating nationally important story, and to develop facilities and activities at the church and churchyard for local residents and the hundreds and thousands who flock to shop in Kingston each year. (Stage 2 HLF bid approved 2011).

Bingley Locks Activity and Interpretation Plan

Bingey Locks Activity PlanThis study generated a massive response from hundreds of local residents who shared their photos and stories of the Locks, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the British Waterways’. We consulted through participatory displays in Bingley market and at a number of local community venues, and interviewed relatives of people who had worked on the canal more than 100 years ago. This generated a wealth of fascinating historic photos and stories of the people who lived nearby, worked on and maintained the locks and canal. These resources were developed into creative proposals for innovative interpretation to explain the significance of the locks and canal, which has been used as a case study in the EU funded Interreg Project Waterways for Growth.

Coffin Fittings Works Activity Plan

Coffin Fittings Works Activity PlanFollowing on from the Access, Audience Development and Interpretation Plans, this study identified a range of exciting opportunities for volunteers from the local community of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and inner city Ladywood to work in a wide range of roles including: developing storylines and events; creative artistic responses; front of house; leading guided tours; carrying out research; collections management and representing the community in a governance role. It also looked at the training needs and opportunities for staff and volunteers and the potential for apprenticeships and heritage craft skills development during the restoration. (Stage 2 HLF bid approved June 2011).

Tamworth Castle Conservation Management Plan

Tamworth Castle Conservation Management PlanThe Conservation Management Plan was commissioned by Tamworth Borough Council to inform a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its purpose is to provide a basis for both day to day management and the consideration of development proposals for the site and its collections. It draws together existing information about Tamworth Castle and its extensive collections in order to develop an understanding of its development through time; assess the significance of the castle, its components, collections and archives; define issues which impact on the castle; and proposes policies for guiding future management and protecting significance. The detailed descriptions of individual elements of the castle and its parkland setting are summarised in a separate gazetteer. Preparation of the CMP involved extensive community consultation and participatory displays. Recommendations on new themes and storylines for interpretation and linkages with the Saxon Burh and Medieval Town were also provided drawing on the research for the CMP. (Stage 2 HLF Bid approved June 2011)