Research and resources to help manage historic church buildings for Net Zero carbon and social action.

As part of my work on the Rural Churches for Everyone project, I've been hearing from many church wardens and PCC members about how they want to do the best for their communities and their church buildings. They're all telling me how complicated they're finding it, navigating through all the information out there. So I've … Continue reading Research and resources to help manage historic church buildings for Net Zero carbon and social action.

Current Projects

Happy New Year! Here's a summary of projects I'm working on in 2021. Click on the pics to find out more. Blanchland Heritage CIO Blanchland residents want their Grade 1 listed Abbey and its monastic craft and produce heritage to be the heart of a sustainable future for their village. Rural Churches for Everyone A … Continue reading Current Projects

The value of the freelance voice in 2020

Back in July 2020, Culture Northumberland’s newsletter shared a link to a survey inviting creative freelancers in Northumberland, Coventry and Waltham Forest to contribute to research into the “crucial contribution of freelancers to the creative industries”. The study was intended to “generate new insights into the business models of creative freelancers and their relationship to … Continue reading The value of the freelance voice in 2020

Social Innovation in Rural Areas

The EU Horizon2020 research and Innovation Programme has recently completed thir Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas programme http://www.simra-h2020.eu/ It's a mine of  robust research that backs up my own approach to supporting communities to be more resilient. Interestingly the programme is diseminating their findings and skills through a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) … Continue reading Social Innovation in Rural Areas

A pair of palimpsests

Epiacum and Blanchland both sit right on on the southern border of Northumberland, one with Cumbria and the other with County Durham. Both are multilayered scheduled monuments, with impressive remains still visible at the surface, intriguing their visitors.The ramparts of Epiacum Roman Fort still hold the footings of the military buildings, now over lain by … Continue reading A pair of palimpsests