'Well done, really excellent work. There is so much valuable insight in your report, which I hope the organisation will take on board.’ Dr Kion Ahadi, (former) Head of Evaluation, National Lottery Heritage Fund
NLHF funds a considerable and diverse range of heritage projects, but do such projects achieve robust impacts, effective outcomes and deliver value for money? This evaluation of 48 completed projects included conservation of historic buildings, museum redevelopments, natural heritage and landscape schemes and community initiatives. Key recommendations to help future-proof the fund included building organisational resilience, showing how projects make a quantifiable contribution to heritage and the dissemination of expertise and best practice across the culture and heritage sectors.
With Sarah Bedell and Anna Cullum
What's Your Croydon? Trial and Test
‘It isn't for the Museum to tell people how to interpret the history of Croydon, but for the people who live here to tell us what matters to them.’
A year-long programme of exhibitions and events at Croydon Museum, developed through collaborative programming with community cultural producers. Evaluation is through a Trial and Test approach, to investigate how to make the museum and its collections resonate with residents and communities: listening to local residents and understanding what matters to them is essential to the sustainability and success of the Museum.
Since temporary closure in March 2020 participants have moved projects and content online. The report looked at initial responses from participants, audiences and museum staff to three exhibitions themed around Place with support and enthusiasm for the work shown, the Trial and Test approach and encouraging online engagement, particularly with new audiences. Further evaluation will take place when the project can continue.
A focus on digital competency as a key professional skill and core to our way of working is one of the fundamental shifts we have made.
Digital Heritage Lab: a free programme to help small/medium-sized heritage organisations develop digital capabilities and capacity. Free thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. All participants will have access to 3 mentoring sessions, 24 on-line workshops on a range of digital-based topics and peer to peer support through online networking meetings. One day Digital Bootcamps are planned for the future.
sam-culture are providing support for and evaluation of this important new CPD programme.