HAP Prepares New Heritage Interpretation Framework for Torbay

HAP Prepares New Heritage Interpretation Framework for Torbay

HAP was delighted to work with Torbay Council and Torbay Culture to prepare the new Heritage Interpretation Framework. It was a pleasure to work with local partners to help develop the themes and stories for the framework. We hope it will help heritage organisations bring Torbay’s rich history and culture alive for residents and tourists alike.

The Interpretation Framework, ‘A Haven Through Time’, was produced by HAP’s heritage interpretation specialist Katherine Findlay, as part of the Torbay Heritage Strategy. It uses the eight themes of the heritage strategy as a framework for organisations and individuals to interpret and present the fascinating stories of the bay. The themes are those which the public highlighted as their priorities through the extensive consultation during 2020.

The framework is for anyone who works or volunteers in the heritage sector, and is designed to help heritage settings and organisations bring the history of Torbay and its people and places alive for audiences. You can read the Interpretation Framework here.

Stuart McLeod, Director, England, London & South, for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said –

‘I am very pleased to support this new framework for heritage interpretation in Torbay. It will help organisations, staff, and volunteers make the most of the fascinating stories that the English Riviera has to share. It is a positive example of how the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has supported strategic development and recovery, in a very practical way.’

The development of Torbay’s Heritage Strategy has been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage (CRF) award to Torbay Culture. The CRF is administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

HAP Putting the New Torbay Heritage Strategy into Action

HAP Putting the New Torbay Heritage Strategy into Action

We’re delighted that HAP will be working on implementation of the Torbay Heritage Strategy 2021-2026 this year, led by Katherine Findlay, HAP consultant. The new strategy was formally adopted by Torbay Council’s Cabinet in November 2020 and the implementation work has been made possible with Culture Recovery Fund support.

It’s really exciting to start putting the new Torbay Heritage Strategy into action. I’m delighted that HAP has this opportunity to continue working with Torbay Council, Torbay Culture and organisations across the Bay to make a real difference to how heritage is cared for and celebrated in years to come.” Katherine Findlay, Heritage Arts and People

The work will involve action planning, relationship building and developing a framework for telling key stories about Torbay’s past that will help local organisations provide coherent heritage experiences. HAP will also be working with the English Riviera Business Improvement District (ERBIDCo) to promote Torbay as a heritage destination through these key stories

For more information about the implementation work visit Torbay Culture. You can also email HAP’s lead consultant Katherine Findlay at katherine@heritageartspeople.uk.

New Torbay Heritage Strategy Published

New Torbay Heritage Strategy Published

We’re delighted that the Torbay Council’s Cabinet has formally adopted their new Torbay Heritage Strategy. At the beginning of 2020, Torbay Council in partnership with Torbay Culture and TDA commissioned HAP to update the local area’s heritage strategy. The new strategy is the result of our review of heritage across the locality.

HAP carried out consultations with over 800 people and numerous organisations and partnerships – including local museums, heritage organisations, National Trust and the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. We also worked closely with Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund

‘Torbay Council is committed to culture and heritage being part of our future ambitions. These things matter to people in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay, and the adoption of this new strategy and the forthcoming action planning – supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Torbay Culture – will play a valuable role in taking this forwards’

Councillor Swithin Long, Cabinet Member, Economic Regeneration, Tourism & Housing, and Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member, Infrastructure, Environment & Culture

The Torbay Heritage Strategy can be viewed and downloaded here.

HAP Producing New Five Year Heritage Strategy for Torbay

HAP Producing New Five Year Heritage Strategy for Torbay

We’re delighted to announce that HAP has been appointed to produce a new five year Heritage Strategy for Torbay. We will carry out the work between now and May 2020 on behalf of Torbay CouncilTDA and Torbay Culture.

The previous Torbay Heritage Strategy dates from 2011. It was not formally adopted by Torbay Council and has not been reviewed since creation. Since that date numerous changes have impacted the culture and heritage sector; there also have been significant political changes locally and nationally, and cultural developments on the ground in the bay. The Council is now keen to see that specific issues relating to heritage – both built and natural – are reviewed, and an action plan is formed.

Torbay is home to heritage treasures of local, national and international significance, from the earliest modern human remains in northern Europe to the elegant home of Agatha Christie. However, as the area emerges from decades of economic decline, many of its heritage assets are in danger, both from existing deterioration and future risks of climate change. The Torbay Heritage Strategy will be a vital tool in helping multiple local agencies and stakeholders to meet these challenges and make the most of the area’s outstanding heritage.

Our lead heritage consultant on this project is Katherine Findlay. To find out more, please email katherine@heritageartspeople.uk