Heritage @ Huddersfield –
Bringing audiences to Archives and Special collections

 

Heritage @ Huddersfield is a stage 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to be submitted in May 2013 by the University of Huddersfield Archives and Special Collections. The project aims to secure the long term future of the collections through conservation and
cataloguing and to enable the service to explore new ways for users to engage
with archives.



Securing the future of the collections will enable staff to develop new and expanded services for users. For users, the project aims to provide:

           New and improved methods of engagement for those
interested in the subjects covered.

           An inspiring entry point for those new to the subject and
those new to archives.

           Interpretation of the archives and subjects covered.



Objectives

JT Associates were contracted to research and develop an activity plan which supported HLF's aims of participation and learning. The plan also needed to meet the aspirations of the service for the project and in the future.

 

Strategy

JT Associates worked in partnership with the client team to develop an understanding of their aspirations and to ensure that there was ownership of the Activity Plan with project partners. Our approach was to listen and to design a methodology that was bespoke for the project.

 

Methodology

JT Associates began by examining the current service and audiences, using our own tools based upon the Archive Service Accreditation and Inspiring Learning for All
frameworks. Research was undertaken with potential partners and stakeholders in
the area. We worked with the project team and steering group of partners to
refine the target audiences for the project. This was followed by detailed
consultation with the target audiences, including teachers, students, rugby
league fans, users of other archives and contemporary music fans.

 

Using our experience and knowledge we were then able to take the results of this research and consultation and to use it to design an activity programme for the project. This includes project activity, teaching materials, events, marketing and
online activity. We made recommendations which could be delivered by the
project and other which could be delivered by the staff team.

 

Throughout we worked in partnership with the client and consultants undertaking the exhibition design work and conservation management plan.

 

Target Outcomes

  • An activity plan that is value for money, economical and deliverable
    within the available resources.
  • A project that has the audience at its centre and will deliver the intended
    audience engagement and participation.
  • A sustainable plan which will thrive beyond the life of the HLF funding

 

Client Initial Feedback

 

It’s been monumental, inspiring and (mostly) fun... it's been monumental, inspiring & (mostly) funit's been
monumental, inspiring & (mostly) fun

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