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Whitehall Historic House:  restoration and re-imaging

Whitehall Historic House: restoration and re-imaging

Whitehall Historic House is a rare survivor of domestic architecture, in the top 5% of significant buildings in the country. An Heritage Lottery Fund grant has enabled the refurbishment and restoration of this original Tudor timber-framed structure dating from the reign of Henry VIII, with extensions from the Stuart and Victorian periods. Visitors are now offered insights into the past with greater physical access to the building than previously possible; new interpretation of the 500 years of people and stories that give the building its unique character and new uses of the building as an asset to the local community. Our evaluation assesses the impacts and project outcomes for HLF. (With Anna Cullum)

 
Wandle Park

Wandle Park

Revitalising a City Park

London Borough of Croydon commissioned the evaluation of the restoration of Wandle Park, bringing together the outcomes and achievements of the project in a report for HLF and to inform their current landscape planning. Our summative evaluation articulated the difference that the project made, the many and varied outcomes it achieved mapped against HLF outcomes and which project elements mattered most to park visitors and residents. The final report included recommendations and outlined elements of the project approach through identifying lessons learned that contribute to transferable models for use in the council’s parks masterplan. (with Anna Cullum)

 

 
RISEFestival 2018

RISEFestival 2018

Celebrating Street Art in Croydon

A festival of urban/street art is particularly pertinent for Croydon; the flat concrete walls and the town's brutalist architecture provide a blank canvas for the creativity of urban artists. Croydon BID, Croydon Council and RISEgallery commissioned an evaluation of this major festival of street art to assess impacts on the town, audiences, artists who made the works, stakeholders, and the business community. Through reinterpreting the concept of ‘a public art gallery’ Croydon now has streets that are full of art that is free, accessible and on view to many people. This report shows how audiences are responding to the works with enthusiasm and engagement.

 
LIP Festival

LIP Festival

Living In Poetry (LIP) Festival Croydon - Arts Council England and Croydon Council

The Living in Poetry (LIP) Festival, Croydon’s first Spoken Word and Poetry Festival wanted people to feel inspired and excited about poetry and connected to their community. The Festival showcased and celebrated the many different forms of poetry and spoken word - structured to engage different types of audiences in different ways and to be relevant and in tune with the issues that face young people. Our evaluation focused on the experience of audiences and artists and on organisational learning to inform planning further festivals for the four partner organisations that produced the Festival

 
National Trust Sheffield Park  'Your Ouse' Project for HLF

National Trust Sheffield Park 'Your Ouse' Project for HLF

Sheffield Park and Garden is an important part of the Sussex landscape. The River Ouse and its fertile plain has been the focus for settlement for communities dating back to the Roman period and the landscape has evolved and changed over centuries. NT Sheffield Park is now undertaking large-scale restoration to enhance and restore the river and floodplain and to create greater awareness of the history and importance of the site to visitors. The National Trust  commissioned summative evaluation for its HLF funded ‘Your Ouse’ project. Our report will set out the difference that the project has made for heritage, people and communities, reflect on organisational learning and make recommendations for future projects. (With Anna Cullum)

 
Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace Evaluation of Activity Plan  HLF

Fulham Palace Trust (FPT) has a vision to ‘engage people and provide an insight, through the stories of the Bishops of London, into over 1,300 years of English History'. They are achieving this through a HLF funded restoration project and an engaging activity plan which targets local people, students, schools and families and involves an expanded volunteer team fulfilling varied roles. Pam Jarvis and Anna Cullum work closely with the Fulham Palace - from the archaeologist to the bricklaying intern, project volunteers and contractors to thoroughly understand the impact of the project, through reflective sessions and observations and through formative testing of interpretative outputs to enable the project to be revised in response to visitor feedback