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.

Hartlebury Castle

Client: Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust

  • Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire was the ancient home of the Bishops of Worcester, a Grade I listed building contained an outstanding library, set in its own historic grounds and gardens. Part of the site has been operated by Museums Worcestershire since the 1960s. Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust (HCPT) was formed in 2008 and its 2017 vision is ‘that Hartlebury Castle continues to be cherished, and through careful stewardship is widely shared, understood and enjoyed.’

Project

  • HPCT embarked on a major £7.3m project, with a £4.9m HLF grant, and purchased the site from the Church Commissioners in 2016, subsequently transforming it through restoration, improved visitor facilities and a distinctive interpretative approach presenting the Castle as a Bishop’s home. The Castle opened in May 2018. There is a lively programme of events and activities delivered in partnership with Museums Worcestershire.

How we helped

  • CCN produced an evaluation framework that enables effective information collection such that the extent to which outcomes of the project have been met can be determined and used to inform future practice.
  • We reviewed and adapt existing research instruments and created new ones to ensure that evaluative tools were fit for purpose.
  • CCN trained staff in using the new research instruments.
  • CCN reviewed the experience and performance of the project in its capital phase and is reviewing the effectiveness of the Activity Plan until Summer 2020
  • CCN is working with the Trust over 3 years to ensure, through interim reports and reflective sessions with Trustees, that lessons are learnt and acted upon from the project’s delivery and early years of operation to help ensure future sustainability.

 

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