Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Cultural Consulting Network provides professional consultancy services to the heritage and arts sectors. Through challenge and support, we work closely with clients to understand their particular needs so that we can offer intelligent and workable solutions that bring lasting benefits.

Eling Tide Mill

Activity Planning for Eling Tide Mill ‘Eling Experience’

Eling Tide Mill credit Clara HoldenClient: New Forest District Council and Totton and Eling Town Council

  • Eling Tide Mill (Grade II*), built in the 1770s, is a water mill that harnesses the power of the tide to grind wheat into flour.
  • It is one of only two working mills left in the country and still produces flour commercially.
  • The ‘Eling Experience’ includes the mill, heritage centre, café, nature walks and picnic and play areas.
  • The site had little interpretation or activity to animate it.
  • Community contacts, interest and partnerships were constrained by space and resources.

 

Project: The Eling Experience Restoration project

  • Major £1.3 million capital works project to restore and re-launch the Eling Experience.
  • New interpretation to enhance access to the mill and its stories.
  • Creation of a new heritage centre and learning space with family friendly displays and interactives to tell the story of the mill and the local area.
  • Development of new audiences for heritage based activities and outreach

 

How we helped

  • We identified barriers to participation and possible actions to overcome them.
  • We advised on best practice comparators and helped shape ideas for developing the current offer to include heritage learning and engagement.
  • We helped the organisation reflect on what they did well and used this as a start point to shape a plan to improve learning outcomes.
  • We enabled the development of key themes and messages to tell the history of the mill and its surrounding area.
  • We helped plan partnership projects with groups from the local area to ensure Eling Mill will become a community hub.
  • We developed a learning programme that encourages participation and ‘hands-on’ learning for all.
  • We produced a successful Activity Plan that will be delivered with on-going support from the CCN team.

 

 

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