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Runnymede Explored:  The Home of the Magna Carta

Runnymede Explored: The Home of the Magna Carta

NT Runnymede is part of the National Trust’s Peoples’ Landscape programme.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant will provide for capital works including improved accessibility and interpretation across the site, new walking trails and visitor hubs and a programme of events and activities.

This evaluation will measure the difference the project has made to people, heritage and communities with reference to the historical importance of Runnymede and visitor responses to improvements at the site.  The welcome for first time visitors and the volunteer experience both form a key focus for this work.    With Anna Cullum

 
Melas Partnership: Nutkhut

Melas Partnership: Nutkhut

Major UK Melas, including Manchester, Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Southampton have formed a partnership led by Ajay Chhabra of Nutkhut. This partnership has three interconnected strands of development - artistic, professional and audience focused. It aims to transform the traditional format of Melas through new high quality artistic contemporary work rooted in South Asian heritage to provide audiences with new experiences. We provide consultancy and programme support, including an advocacy document and support in drafting the successful bid to Arts Council England Strategic Touring.  With Mel Larsen

 
St Albans Museum + Gallery

St Albans Museum + Gallery

A Celebration of St Albans’ Routes into History

National Lottery Heritage Fund investment has enabled the transformation of St Albans Museum + Gallery into a community and cultural centre at the heart of this English cathedral city.

This evaluation looks at the changes made by the Museum Service as the result of the investment, the impacts of these changes on visitors and stakeholders and the different dimensions of the projects’ achievements. It also reviews the organisation’s ambition to make a difference to place and people and how the Heritage Fund project has created new opportunities for the Museum + Gallery to do so.    With Anna Cullum

 
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)

 
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

 
Performing Places, Bexleyheath

Performing Places, Bexleyheath

A Place for Everyone

Performing Places is one of the four strands of the DCLG funded ‘A Place for Everyone’. It aims to tackle perceived and actual tensions and clashes between the public on Bexleyheath Broadway: a difficult situation which impacts negatively on the Bexley business environment. A model devised by Professor Sally Mackey, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London to assess the effectiveness of resolving these tensions through cultural interventions is now being tested. London Borough of Bexley commissioned research to inform the development of the model through assessing its impacts on different target participants. (With Mel Larsen & Sarah Bedell)