Tideswell Living History Group launched the history box on a gloriously sunny day in time for the Easter holidays. Group Chair Audrey Hopkins and local historian Tony Hill did the honours in front of a crowd of fifty residents and visitors. If you’re in Tideswell pop into the box to dial up a story on the oral history phone or view the gallery of archive photos. You can also read Dave Greenan’s prize-winning poem on the back of the box. The group will change the exhibition regularly with a Wakes Week themed display for June. The History Box is a K6 telephone kiosk. BT had removed the payphone and the kiosk was standing empty and defunct. inHeritage has worked closely with the group throughout the development of the History Box. We came up with the original idea as a great way to bring back this important local landmark into use. We provided advice and technical skills, sourced the phone-based audio system and edited the audio...Read More
inHeritage developed and delivered a comprehensive package of heritage interpretation for the newly created Bedford River Valley Park. We interpreted the archaeological, historical, natural and geological landscape of the park from its formation as glacial gravels to its current use. We created a series of interpretation panels, QR-code-linked webpages, podcasts, a temporary exhibition, audio listening posts, PDF downloadable trails, children’s activity sheets and a geocache trail. We produced a series of detailed reconstruction drawings and photographed key artefacts. Each panel includes a shortened weblink, QR code and NFC tag linking the panel to a mobile-friendly webpage with a YouTube video or mp3 audio oral history file expanding on the panel theme. Each media-rich page then links to a text and image based page, which expands on the panel subject. Started: June 2013. Completed: March 2015. Client: Bedford Borough Council and Marston Vale Trust. Project Manager: Vanessa Clarke....Read More
We managed a community history project and produced an audio trail, exhibition, booklet, DVD and podcasts. With imminent danger of collapse in 2004, historic Calver Weir was rescued by a community led project involving the Heritage Lottery Fund, Environment Agency, English Heritage, the Peak District National Park Authority, local businesses and residents. The weir was restored in 2010, following which a scheme of access improvements, wildlife conservation and historic research was undertaken. inHeritage was contracted by the Calver Weir Restoration Project in October 2011 to create an audio tour along the River Derwent between Calver Mill and Weir. The tour takes in the history and wildlife of the area and can be downloaded here. Manga brings Calver’s mill history to life Pull-up travelling exhibition Booklets, beer and comics The Calver Historians Watching the premiere of the DVD Viewing the exhibition We were contracted again in March 2012 to manage the community history project. We mentored and guided the volunteers, and the overall project officer, in oral history, local history and exhibition production. Over 18 months six volunteers recorded 22 interviews and searched Derbyshire Record Office’s collection of Calver Mill documents. The history project produced a travelling exhibition, booklet, movie, comic and a series of 10 podcasts. Volunteers were involved in choosing the themes and subjects for the outputs which inHeritage created. We also produced an archive of recordings, summaries, transcripts and outputs which is deposited in Calver, Derbyshire Record Office, the Peak District National Park Authority and the East Midlands Oral History Archive. The history project came to an end in August 2013 with an exhibition in Calver Village Hall. Over 200 people visited the exhibition over the weekend before...Read More
Reimagining the working life of the Stableyard was part of a major redevelopment project. The National Trust has redeveloped the Hardwick Hall Stableyard as the visitor welcome area with unused buildings renovated as a cafe, shop and plant shop. Our interpretation plan focused on making the large, enclosed lawn in front of the Stableyard buildings into a park where visitors would want to hang out, play and explore. Our first task was to interpret the renovation itself in a temporary interpretation panel. We then implemented the early stages of our plan. Chainsaw artist Andrew Frost carved two benches from tree trunks in public view. Each is decorated with objects relating to the working life of the Stableyard. We recorded poems written and spoken by pupils and teachers from Pilsley Primary School and installed these on two wind-up audio players. On a recent visit to the Stableyard we are delighted to see children and families clambering over the benches and listening to the poems. The audio players are clearly a magnet for children, who often listen intently to the poems. Started: April 2010. Completed: September 2010. Client: The National Trust. Project Manager: Claire Hammond....Read More
Writing princely pages about the medieval history of north west Wales. inHeritage was contracted to script the webpages for the Princes of Gwynedd story strand, part of the Cadw pan-Wales heritage interpretation project. Developed by a consortium led by Conwy County Borough Council in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia National Park Authority and the National Trust, the website encourages visits to 30 locations associated with the princes. The story runs through 800 years from the withdrawal of the Romans in the 5th century AD to the conquest of Gwynedd by Edward I in 1283. The website tells the unique story of the longest and most successful dynasty in medieval Wales – from the castles the princes built to the royal courts where they ruled. The website links with six visitor hubs. We took existing research and Historic Environment Records and wrote the webpages for the theme introduction, thirty iconic sites linked to the princes and key figures. You can visit the website at...Read More
Bill helped to develop this model of a co-produced, community-led history project in a Sheffield suburb. The project was inspired by a conversation with an 80-year-old Walkley resident who talked about the shops and streets which once stood where today there is a park. This opened up a story of slum clearance, campaigns by the Walkley Action Group and a council change of housing policy to one of improvements over demolition. The project soon evolved into telling the 20th century history of Walkley through the ‘eyes’ of the Walkley Reform Club. Founded in 1909 to reform young men of the suburb, many of its members fought in the First World War and the building was rescued from decay by the Walkley Action Group in 1974 – the year improvements replaced clearance as council policy. “Thank you Bill for an absolutely awesome afternoon. I feel very proud and privileged to have been part of such an event, I’ll remember this for the rest of my life.” Walkley Historian talking about the rededication of the First World War memorial windows for which she researched some of the men’s lives. Combining archive research, genealogy, oral history and local studies, the project tells these, and other key stories, in Walkley’s 20th century history through the people who lived and worked in the suburb. Over 20 trained Walkley Historians are conducting this research and sharing their work by contributing to exhibitions and other publications. “The display in Beeches is beautifully judged – moving and informative. Every time I go past there seem to be people reading it.” Walkley resident referring to the Nine Men, Nine Lives, One Great War exhibition. Bill is project manager on...Read More
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