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