So lovely to see the Dukesfield project used as an exemplar for community engagement and activity planning in the #InspiredFutures training today. I was there with St Augustine's Alston, who I'm helping to develop a project plan. Exciting discussions around rekindlung churches' social role as part of their living Christian heritage and mission. Keen to see how … Continue reading Inspired Surprise!
Great to see two of the winners in the Northumberland Tourism Awards last night are projects I am working on! Congratulations to South Tynedale Railway and Kielder Water & Forest Park. Good to see Woodside Lodge who promote Dukesfield Arches getting an award too. http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/northumberland-tourism-awards-winners-revealed-1-8611536
Just in time for the Wild at Kielder Festival this weekend, I've been working with the Forestry Commission to reinstate some secret paths through the old woodlands around Kielder Castle. The route is specially designed to make it easy to walk to Bakethin Nature Reserve from the castle, by taking visitors through a wide variety … Continue reading Wilder Walk in Kielder Woodlands
Marcus, the Roman Centurion minifigure, is making the final preparations to set off on the first stage of exploring the Roman Empire from Epiacum Roman Fort in South Tynedale. As part of the celebrations marking the 60th year since the first archaeology excavations took place at the special site, the volunteers of Epiacum are sending … Continue reading Help Marcus the Minifigure on his mission from Epiacum View Geocache
Have you ever been to Elsdon? Nestled in the heart of Northumberland National Park, local residents have described it as 'a history book around a village green'. With a castle motte, bastles, a medieval pele tower and art deco houses, I think they're right. The Parish Council set EPIC (Elsdon Projects in the Community) the … Continue reading Elsdon Pinfold – an EPIC community
The ever-eloquent Susie White, who lives in the Allen Valleys and regularly writes for The Guardian's Country Diary, today describes the delights of Old Man Bottom. This popular picnic and paddling spot is where the packhorse route The Black Way fords the River Allen, and it's just down the hill from the local trekking centre. … Continue reading Dukesfield and Old Man Bottom in today’s Guardian
So glad the fantastic success of the volunteers at Nenthead Chapel Project can be shouted from the #RoofOfEngland at last! I was commissioned to deliver audience development and education and training research for their HLF development phase and in true Nenthead character their self-reliance and resillience has won through. What an inspiration they are!
There's a new look to the learning website we created last year for Hadrian’s Wall – a World Heritage Site that helps you to learn about politics, engineering, art, geography, languages... and history. 73 miles long, 11 museums Experience epic landscapes for free Groups get free or discounted entry to sites with trained staff support … Continue reading Revamped Hadrian’s Wall Learning website goes live
The inaugral Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum conference took place yesterday, and it was great to be among the 180 folk gathered to hear the launch of the forum's HeritageACT campaign. As the conference had an industrial heritage theme, I'd been invited along to run two workshops on 'Working with Volunteers', following the great success … Continue reading ‘Working with Volunteers’ – conference presentation from the T&W Heritage Forum Conference published
I hope by now that you've heard of the community-led Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project which I project managed between 2013 and 2015. As a result of that project's many and varied successes, I've been invited to run workshops on working with volunteers at the upcoming Tyne and Wear Heritage Forum Conference later this month … Continue reading Working with volunteers this New Year?