Selected Case Studies

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal

imgPrepared an Audience Development Plan for the candidate World Heritage Site comprising the Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts and the associated 11 mile stretch of the Llangollen Canal. This was created to engage local communities; attract a more diverse range of audiences; disperse visitors along the entire canal corridor and inform the World Heritage Site Management Plan. Focus Groups with local residents informed the proposals. Recommendations were made for physical access improvements; volunteer development; training; education; marketing and interpretation. Prepared for British Waterways Wales and Border Counties and the World Heritage Site Steering Group.

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

imgPrepared Interpretation Plan to inform the strategic development of the National Waterways Museum and Historic Boat Collection at Ellesmere Port. This recommended the use of live interpreters and other techniques to rejuvenate the site, develop its potential for training and skills development, and interpret the wider setting of the historic port. New themes were developed to explain its significance in relation to the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal, Northwest Industrial Heritage and the national canal network. Prepared for the Waterways Trust.

Leicester Secular Hall

imgPrepared an Audience Development Plan for the Leicester Secular Hall, the oldest Secular Hall in the world. Also made detailed recommendations for the Leicester Secular Society on ways of increasing and widening its membership and influence and the perceptions and barriers that might be preventing people from joining the society. Specific recommendations were made on developing links with local schools and education partners.This was prepared in support of a submission for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Prepared for Leicester Secular Society.

Gloucester Docks Heritage Interpretation Plan

imgThis involved a comprehensive review of the significance of Gloucester Docks and its cultural, architectural and archaeological resources. Widespread consultation was carried out with stakeholders and recommendations were made on how to revitalise the visitor destination through a programme of events. Recommendations were made on the use of public art as waymarkers and to celebrate a sense of place and integrate the historic environment with the redisplayed National Waterways Museum. A strategy and costed action plan was devised to make linkages and referral between the historic docks, city centre and new out of town shopping centre development. For South West Regional Development Agency. With Ian Parkin.


Newman Brothers Coffin Furniture Works, the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

imgPrepared an Access Plan and an Audience Development Plan to inform the creation of a mixed use heritage attraction with commercial workshop space for letting to creative businesses. Newman Brothers is a unique time capsule factory within the historic Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham with all its machinery and products in situ. I was responsible for identifying physical, social and cultural barriers and proposing innovative ways of overcoming them. I also examined the potential of the Coffin Works in the national and international Dark Tourism market and identified joint marketing and educational opportunities with local cemeteries and multicultural places of worship.