HLF Application

Posted on this website 21 May 2009

1 What the project will do

This project is designed to encourage our local community to identify, look after and celebrate their heritage. This will be done by charting the development of the village, in terms of the buildings and the people living and working in them. By actively engaging residents in finding out about their local heritage, they will value this heritage more highly and be more likely to take action in future to protect it.

2 Our organisation

The Great Ayton Community Archaeology Project (GACAP) exists to research, record and disseminate information on landscape features and local history within the community. We meet every Wednesday for up to six hours, but many members contribute a great deal of time outside these regular meetings, in local heritage research, group organisation, and delivering presentations.

3 How we know that there is a demand for the project

There is high level of interest in local history within the community. For example our ten-session evening course attracted 36 participants and our summer-evening guided walks had an average attendance over 30.

This interest extends across the region. There is a continuing demand for local history presentations to societies and groups, currently averaging about three per month. We have sold over 2000 books on Roseberry Topping, a local landscape feature.

Many people have asked us about Ayton’s development, and we are confident that this topic will attract much interest.

4 How we will ensure that the work you do is of a high quality

Our existing high standards have been praised by heritage professionals and academics. Obviously these standards will apply to the proposed project, but in addition we will establish a small external audit team who will assess our work on a regular basis.

5 The effect of the project on the environment

The proposed project has no direct impact on the environment. By enhancing the value people give to heritage it will improve the protection of the environment. This is particularly important in respect of the built environment of the village, which is experiencing significant change as farms, business premises, public buildings and larger houses are facing conversion to apartments or even demolition. While some changes are inevitable, it is important to retain the overall architectural character of the village’s buildings.

6 Who will lead the project and their relevant experience

The project will be led by the officers of the Great Ayton CAP with support from appropriate professional experts.

Dan O’Sullivan (chairman): Retired history teacher with 30 years experience in local history research. Author of Great Ayton, a History of the Village.
David Taylor (vice chairman): Retired geology teacher with 30 years experience in delivering lectures and courses on local history.
Ian Pearce (secretary and treasurer): Retired professional engineer, with experience of running the group on a day-to-day basis for the past five years.
All three are authorised WEA tutors and have written papers for magazines and professional journals.

7 Our experience in running projects of this kind

We have already run two comparable projects, both funded through the Local Heritage Initiative. The first was a two-year programme of research, recording and dissemination of information on landscape features within the parish. All outputs were achieved and the project was completed within timescale and budget. The second phase extended this to investigate wider aspects of these landscape features, and will be completed by March 2007.

8 Skills and experience that we will be able to draw on in planning and managing the project

Our members have a wide range of relevant skills, from previous professional qualifications or developed whilst working in the group. These include project management, budgetary control, IT, and research skills in the fields of history, geography, geology, science and engineering.

We would employ a part-time professional project leader with experience in leading community heritage projects.

We would call on additional professional assistance in specific fields, such as vernacular architecture.

9 How we will make sure that the benefits of the project are maintained after its completed

The results of the project will be in terms of publications (printed, digital, internet, Powerpoint presentations) and in terms of an enhanced appreciation of the local heritage within the community. As such, little maintenance is required after project completion. Our group is committed to maintaining the website at www.historic-cleveland.co.uk website for ten years.

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