Yvonne Conchie is an independent networked heritage freelancer who is supporting rural communities to become more resilient by making the best of their wildlife, history and landscapes.

I’ve been working in the rural North of England for more than 25 years, helping big organisations and small community groups to explore, share and restore their natural and cultural heritage. I’m interested in archaeology, wilding, local supply chains, building resilience and rekindling community buildings and spaces.

I can help you with audience development, community involvement, evaluation and research, project management, digital content, interpretation, learning and training. I’m also skilled at developing & delivering funding bids – most of my projects have been funded through the  National Lottery Heritage Fund (until recently known as the Heritage Lottery Fund or HLF).

I live and work in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and before that I worked with Northumberland National Park, Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, and several nature reserves and country parks.  I’ve got a deep understanding of rural communities, and I believe that when we make the best of our heritage our rural economy and culture can thrive and we’ll all have greater wellbeing. I’ll always advocate for experience-led learning, happening in the real world, for all ages and abilities, and I aim to make it easier for everyone to enjoy, develop and share their skills, delights and knowledge. I’m able to draw together a team of artists, archaeologists, tech developers and other experts to help your project deliver memorable and appropriate activities that involve wider range of people, and lead to changes in ideas and actions.

In fact, sometimes people looking in from the outside don’t notice the work I do. Here’s a quote from a local project’s land agent

What I have been impressed by with this project is how the local community have taken full ownership of it and not relied upon outside consultants to produce the answers. That was very evident at the open day last autumn and is also evident in the video you shared.

‘To which, one of the volunteers responded

You help people come up with their own answers.

See my projects page for more ideas about how I could help you.