Gawthorpe Textiles Collection: Community & Wellbeing Associate
After working with Gawthorpe Textiles Collection for a year as their Action Researcher on the social impact of the organisation, the findings led into the development and management of ongoing projects and programmes which get the collection out to its community, as was the intention when it was first gathered together. Wellbeing is one of the key strands and together with high quality textiles practice, underpins the organisation's community engagement work. Working as the lead on community and wellbeing work, this involved the evaluation of a closed wellbeing and mindful mending workshop, run by textiles artist Claire Wellesley-Smith, producing a Textiles & Wellbeing Symposium featuring local, national and international theory, activity and evidence. Followed by a series of new projects with Burnley communities, commissioned by the NHS's social prescribing / wellbeing on prescription programme. Further information included in this case study...
English Heritage Enquiry Resource
Writing a Key Stage 1-3 teachers' resource for English Heritage which looks at enquiry based learning as a way of engaging school pupils in their local heritage. As well as explaining the principles of enquiry based learning and offering top tips and trouble shooting, the guide includes example work, ideas for practical activities, and advice on how to assess enquiry based learning in line with the national curriculum. The resource forms part of the DfE commissioned Heritage Schools initiative.
Image: Whalley Abbey Gatehouse, English Heritage
Hadfield & Padfield Heritage Trail
Together with a group of ten year olds we creates a series of textile pieces used as part of the celebrations around the launch of a new HLF funded local heritage trail. Working with the theme of 'secrets and codes', we explored some stopping points along the trail, experimented with creating codes in textiles, uncovered hidden histories, and took part in an exhibition to launch the trail. You can read a bit more about the work in progress *here*.
Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty; National Trust; English Heritage and others...
Our Coast Our Sea is an interactive digital resource supporting the natural heritage of the Northumberland and Berwickshire coast. On behalf of its creators Flow Resources, I developed the education marketing strategy for the resource and looking at long term options for its wider marketing potential. In reality education isn't really a place for marketing as such. Teachers are too busy to respond to traditional marketing methods and are swamped with competing offers. The approach we took was about creating and building relationships, trust and quality - and created a framework, suggested tasks, timeframes, contacts and costings to do so properly.
In partnership with National Museums Liverpool and a local school, Norton Priory developed an innovative interpretation project. Using funding from NESTA's Innovate programme, they worked with NML's conservation centre to create a 3D interactive model of their St Christopher statue. The 3D imaging combined with haptic technology means visitors can now see the original colours of the statue (long since eroded away in reality). By using a haptic glove visitors can feel the statue turning as the 3d image shows how it would look. NESTA commissioned Sally as their supervisor for the project, monitoring its progress and acting as a critical friend to the partnership group, with a particular emphasis on partnership working, evaluation, user consultation and exit strategies.
Curious Minds: Museums & Heritage Associate
Offering bespoke support and advice to museum and heritage organisations such as The Lancashire Infantry Museum, the Museum of Policing in Cheshire, and Clayton Hall - helping them look at how to engage children and young people to greater effect. Support responded to the individual needs of the organisation, including initial consultation meeting, ongoing development and partnership support, production of organisational assets like teacher packs, SWOT of provision or programme, creative activity or Arts Award plan and logbook, final evaluation session, and a case study identifying the impact of the work on each organisation.
Area Based Curriculum & Local Heritage Resource Writer
Researching and writing a resource for heritage educators offering practical ideas to use local heritage for cross curricular learning and emphasising the unique importance of children and young people learning from their own locality. The resource, commissioned by Curious Minds, includes advice and practical activities from historians, history advisers, national heritage organisations, and case studies from across the North West featuring heritage venues and schools working together in this way.
Denbighshire Heritage Trail
Working with Creative Concern, Frankly Green & Webb, and Denbighshire Council to develop an exciting digital heritage trail for visitors to Denbigh and the surrounding area. My role was to help the team create user friendly activities to engage families and adults in what makes the heritage there so unique and special.
Image: Colin Spofforth
Macclesfield Silk Museum Heritage Trust
The trust wanted to broaden its reach, celebrating the heritage of its local town. Ian Curtis, singer of the band Joy Division lived in Macclesfield, and the trust sought to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the singer's death by celebrating the work created by Ian and the band. A festival of events including an exhibition, film festival, community projects and arts workshops was commissioned. I project managed the visual arts community strand of the festival creating events to appeal to young people and adults, local and from further afield. My programming was set up to explore the culture of the band's heyday whilst making contemporary connections relevant to young people and local residents now. Images from some of these events are shown above.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Evaluation of the three year Community Engagement programme accompanying the major redevelopment of the Birmingham History galleries. This means finding out what participants are getting from the work, how the organisation is befitting by having local people involved, how they could be doing things a bit better, and eventually, how successful the final exhibitions are.