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?
https://twmuseums.org.uk/news/arts-award-success-for-haydon-bridge-students 147 students from Haydon Bridge High School have achieved their Bronze Arts Award by creating artwork inspired by neighbouring Hadrian’s Wall. Students worked with three artists to create portraits, inspired by an exhibition, called Wall Face, of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery showing the men and women who helped preserve and reveal Hadrian’s … Continue reading Bronze Brilliance by Haydon Bridge High School Arts Award students
Fantastic finale for Dukesfield, winning Love Northumberland Awards Best Coast or Countryside Project, 2015 The combined efforts of 200 volunteers, expertise from local professional contractors and strong leadership from local people has earned the Dukesfield Arches near Slaley, Northumberland a coveted Love Northumberland Award. The 2015 awards were hosted last week at the Alnwick Garden … Continue reading Dukesfield Wins !
The combined efforts of 200 volunteers, expertise from local professional contractors and strong leadership from local people has earned the Dukesfield Arches near Slaley, Northumberland a place in the national final of Historic England’s Heritage Angels award. The annual Angel Awards, founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and supported by the Telegraph, celebrate the efforts of … Continue reading Will Dukesfield be a Heritage Angel?
Hadon Bridge High School KS3 students are today getting assessed for their Bronze Arts Award. Earlier this year I took them to all eleven Hadrian's Wall museums and supported their work with three artists through the Wall Face project. They brought this inspiration and newly developed skills together during a creativity week where heritage and … Continue reading Hadrian’s Wall inspiring cross-curricular creativity