North Norfolk Stories

Bid for and managed North Norfolk Stories, a Heritage Lottery Funded community heritage project in North Norfolk. The project, which includes two major festivals, training for venues and volunteers, and an education programme aims to create a sustainable annual Museums at Night festival in North Norfolk. The project involves 21 partner venues (museums, heritage sites, libraries, and a theatre) across 11 North Norfolk towns and villages.

  • North Norfolk Stories was inspired by the HLF-funded Victorian Nights project, which I managed. The project brought a large-scale Museums at Night event to 3 towns in North Norfolk in May 2012. 3,252 people attended 12 Victorian-themed events over 3 days, 60% of whom were first time visitors to venues. 91% of visitors said they would definitely return to participating venues in the future.
  • £50,000 was spent in the local economy as a result of the festival.
  • 32 print and web articles with an AVE of £28,651 were produced about the festival.
  • 138 volunteers supported the festival, undertaking tasks such as historical research, evaluation and event stewarding.

Prior to managing Victorian Nights, I co-ordinated two first-time Museums at Night clusters in Norwich (2010) and Sheringham (2011), both of which attracted large numbers of first-time visitors to cultural and heritage venues in the localities. I also managed a children’s sleepover in Norwich’s 15th century Guildhall as part of Norwich’s successful 2010 Museums at Night programme.

Image: David Indge Photography & Film

Image of Victorian Nights Festival, North Norfolk 2012

Holkham Walled Garden

I was commissioned to undertake consultation with visitors, non-visitors and stakeholders to help inform activity and interpretation plan of Holkham Walled Garden's major HLF bid.

The consultation included on-site and online surveys, open days, in-person and online focus groups and a consultation workshop with a local Scout group.

Great Yarmouth Cultural Heritage Strategy

Created a five-year cultural heritage strategy for the Borough of Great Yarmouth, which identified how the Borough of Great Yarmouth can make the most of its strong, diverse and distinctive cultural heritage offer for the benefit of local people, visitors, and the local economy. The strategy advocated for doing this via a people-centered, socially responsible approach to cultural heritage management that attempts to engage wide audiences with cultural heritage and utilizes cultural heritage as a means to improve skills, civic pride, community cohesiveness and wellbeing.

Cambridge Museum of Technology Audience Development Plan

Co-authored an audience development plan for the Cambridge Museum of Technology as part of the museum's Stage Two HLF bid. Worked with project architects, and a team of consultants involved in interpretation, collections and activity planning.

Children's Library Journeys

I was commissioned by ASCEL to research children's and young people's interactions with libraries and the impact of these as part of the Arts Council funded 'Children's Library Journeys' project. Worked with the ASCEL committee to identify and set out a national framework for the “Library Journey” highlighting the key interactions public libraries should have with children as they grow.

Image: moodboard / 123RF Stock Photo

Image of a child in a library

Wells Maltings Interpretation Strategy

Created an interpretation plan for Wells Maltings as part of their Stage Two HLF bid. The project, which has received funding from the HLF, will develop a former maltings building into a high-profile arts and heritage centre.