Selected Case Studies

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Mona Antiqua, Anglesey

imgInterpretation Strategy for Anglesey produced with Ian Parkin Associates. A regional strategic plan for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage of Anglesey. This involved: establishing interpretive aims and objectives; inventory of the interpretive resources; identifying the key interpretive topics, themes and stories to be told; defining the resources available; identifying the most appropriate places at which to tell the stories; identifying the most appropriate, effective, imaginative and interactive media to use; developing a hierarchy of interpretive provision; identifying the operational and revenue implications; & establishing an effective mechanism for delivery. For Menter Mon and Anglesey County Council.

Dodington Congregational Chapel, Whitchurch

imgFeasibility Study to test a range of options for the adaptive reuse of a redundant congregational chapel, with well preserved Regency interior, using the Architectural Heritage Fund guidance. Specifically this involved testing the viability of the venue as a community centre for arts, music and performance. This included detailed assessment of a range of similar established performance venues to establish a viable business plan and identify capital and revenue funding deficits. For The Friends of Whitchurch Heritage.

Warley Woods, Sandwell

imgProject manager for a 700 member Community Trust undertaking the restoration of a Repton designed landscape, now an inner city park and golf course. Responsible for: HLF bid and other funding bids including Peoples Places, Big Lottery, SRB & Neighbourhood Renewal Fund amounting to over £1.5 million; community capacity development and training; trustee development; volunteer liaison, including work with Green Gym and other volunteers; reminiscence workshops; event planning and management; liaison with contractors, local authorities, neighbourhood management teams, police, detached youth workers, schools and other groups; media relations, design and production of regular newsletter and exhibition; health and safety; draft conservation management plan and setting up and administration of a charitable company.

Wye Valley AONB

imgAudit of more than 2000 archaeological sites throughout the Wye Valley AONB and Strategy for Conservation and Public Access produced with the University of Birmingham Archaeology Unit. The sites were assessed for accessibility, We carried out a systematic analysis of the distribution and connectivity of the sample provided and commented on potential gateways and connectivity between sites and groups of thematically or geographically linked sites. In order that visitors could be prompted to discover more of the cultural landscape of the Wye Valley and be empowered to make discoveries for themselves. For Wye Valley AONB office, in preparation of an HLF bid.

Lower Wye Valley

imgInterpretation and Visitor Experience Plan, produced with Ian Parkin, this involved detailed trialling of a methodology for assessing visitor management developed by the Forestry Commission. For each cluster of sites we examined the pre-visit experience, the point of arrival, the actual and potential gateways, dispersed gateways, boundary signage and sources of information. In this way duplication of information whether print or physical on site infrastructure can be minimised. A detailed interpretation plan was produced with costed implementation framework. This led to a £2m HLF implementation project, for AONB, Forestry Commission Wales and Monmouthshire County Council.