St Helens Heritage Strategy
Client: St Helens Council
St Helens Council is keen to help its communities to celebrate their heritage, and to boost the visitor economy, The land that makes up the modern Borough developed from villages and townships into an industrial powerhouse, thanks to the abundance of coal and men and women with the ingenuity to exploit it. A number of internationally important 'firsts' took place there, including: the creation of the Sankey Canal (England's first industrial canal) from the 1750s; the Rainhill Locomotive Trials in 1829, before the opening of the world’s first inter-city railway line in 1830; and the invention of the 'float glass' technique by Sir Alistair Pilkington in 1959.
The Council commissioned us to develop a new heritage strategy and delivery plan, based on thorough research and public consultation. The project was completed in June 2019.
Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club Members Survey
Client: Ashton-in-Makerfield Golf Club
Ashton is a thriving golf club with 800 Members. Its Board is keen to base its decisions for the future on solid evidence. We conducted a thorough survey of the Members, examining every aspect of the club's activities. It attracted more than 300 participants, and generated a wealth of valuable data. We provided interim and final reports to the Board, including detailed analysis.
Client: Leger Holidays
November 2018 marked 100 years since the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. Ste was commissioned to act as a Battlefield Guide on a four day trip to Ypres / Ieper in Belgium. This involved researching and delivering a series of talks about events there, and acting as specialist guide and historian to a coach party of 40 the people.
Evaluation of the Walton Hall Conservatory Range Project
Client: Warrington Borough Council
The Walton Hall Conservatory Range project involves the restoration of historic buildings and the development of socially conscious end uses, through a partnership between Warrington Borough Council, Myerscough College and the Walton Lea Partnership, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This involves delivering research, analysis and report writing in line with an established methodology, consistent with HLF evaluation guidance. The methodology includes desk research, interviews and surveys. The year one evaluation report was completed on time in May 2018. Further research is ongoing, and the project will conclude in 2022.
The Royal British Legion’s “Great Pilgrimage 90”
Client: Leger Holidays, on behalf of the Royal British Legion
The “Great Pilgrimage 90” was a trip to the First World War battlefields in France and Belgium, for 2,400 members of the Royal British Legion, in August 2018 – 90 years on from the original “Great Pilgrimage”. It culminated in a mass parade in Ieper / Ypres. Ste was commissioned to act as a Battlefield Guide on the trip, involving researching and delivering a series of talks about the battles and sites, and acting as specialist guide and historian to a group of 40 of the forces veterans.
The Sankey Canal Corridor “Nature of Industry” Project – Research & Consultation
Client: The Sankey Canal Partnership
The Sankey Canal Partnership is made of Halton, St. Helens and Warrington Councils, the Canal & River Trust and the Sankey Canal Restoration Society. It aims to develop the historic canal corridor as a visitor and leisure destination, and is developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to part-fund the work. We conducted research and consultation to inform the bid, involving the following elements: an online survey and promotional campaign that attracted more than 400 participants; interviews with stakeholders about; desk research about other relevant heritage landscape projects; and a site visit to the Greenfield Valley in North Wales. We provided a report giving the results of the consultation work and conclusions from the other research, with clear recommendations about the shape and scope of the bid, and priorities for audience development.
International Relations Data Management Project
Client: Liverpool Vision Ltd
The client manages relations with businesses and trade promotion agencies around the world. The project involved reviewing the client’s data needs and advising on the most appropriate data collection and management methods – a form of client relationship management (CRM) tool – and reporting formats.
Evaluation of the Liverpool City Region Intensive Support Service
Client: Liverpool City Council, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region local authorities
The Liverpool City Region Intensive Support Service (LCRISS) was intended to help homeless people with complex needs. It was funded by the Government’s Single Homeless Fund. The project involved developing and delivering an evaluation methodology consistent with the Fund’s guidelines, featuring stakeholder and client interviews, desk research, and several types of analysis. This gathered quantitative and qualitative evidence to provide a rounded picture of the service’s performance against its objectives. The project ran from September 2016 to September 2017.
The West Cheshire Waterways Ring
Client: Cheshire West and Chester Council
The client and the Canal & River Trust intended to improve access arrangements and general ease of use of sections of the Shropshire Union Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal, the Weaver Navigation and the Manchester Ship Canal, and to market it as a new cruising ring: the “West Cheshire Ring”. We worked with different parts of the Council and the Trust (including the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port) to identify the barriers to user-friendly navigation and how they could be overcome. We mapped the visitor attractions and facilities along the route and interviewed many of the operators, making recommendations as to how they could more effectively relate to the canal corridor to make it a more attractive visitor destination. We also examined how the new Ring could be marketed, learning from other examples across the country. We presented the results in a report and action plan, and facilitated a workshop about some of the waterspace management issues.
Evaluation of the International Festival for Business 2016
Client: Liverpool Vision Ltd.
The International Business Festival 2016 was staged in Liverpool, ran for three weeks, and attracted more than 10,000 delegates from around the world. We delivered the evaluation in two stages: interim (May-November 2016) and ‘one year on’ (May-September 2017). It involved online and telephone surveys, supported by desk research. This allowed for a comprehensive analysis of the Festival’s performance against its grant objectives. The project was completed on time and within budget.
The “Linking the Locks” Project – Research and Consultation
Client: Warrington Borough Council, on behalf of the Sankey Canal Coastal Communities Team
The Sankey Canal Coastal Communities Team was delivering a business support and development project along the Sankey Canal Corridor, from Warrington to Widnes, supported by the Coastal Communities Fund. We conducted consultation with the public through face-to-face interviews on-site at Fiddlers Ferry and Spike island, interviewed more than 20 stakeholders with a special interest in the project area, and conducted related desk research. We presented the results in a report, summarising the current audience in each area and giving clear recommendations about audience development in the future.