It has been announced today that the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project has been successful in securing £980,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Jura Consultants led on the development of the Activity Plan complete with an Audience Development Strategy, for the Round 2 submission of the HLF bid for the project…
New visitor figures have been released today (16th March) by ALVA, the Association for Leading Visitor Attractions, which demonstrate the strength of the cultural heritage and tourism industry with a 7.3% increase in visitor numbers across the UK as a whole.
London still dominates the table, with the top 10 attractions all in the city, and 64.2 million (nearly the equivalent of the total population of the UK!) people visiting attractions in the English capital, out of a total recorded 130 million visits to the top ALVA sites in the UK. The British Museum keeps its title as the UK’s most visited attraction for the 11th consecutive year, though its numbers have decreased two years running, leading to competition from the Tate Modern, which climbs one place to second in the list and the National Gallery in third, with 5.65 million and 5.2 million people visiting the galleries respectively.
Despite the dominance of London, north of the border, Scotland has shown particular strength outperforming the rest of Great Britain in terms of growth for the sixth consecutive year, with a level of growth nearly double that nationwide with a 13.9 per cent increase in visitor numbers on 2016. The vast majority of the 56 Scottish ALVA attractions enjoyed attendance increases with strongest performances came from the National Museum Scotland (ranked at number 11th on the list - the top visited attraction outside London) welcoming 2.16 million people last year – an increase of 20 per cent, following the opening of ten new galleries in 2016. Edinburgh Castle (ranked 12th) follows with a 16 per cent rise to 2.06 million people in 2017 and continues to be the most-visited paid for attraction in Scotland.
Some of the biggest rises demonstrate the success of major projects and exhibitions programming, including the V&A who moved up three places to fifth due to a 26 per cent increase in visitors, which they attributed to the launch of the new entrance and courtyard on Exhibition Road, including a new purpose-built gallery space, as well as the success of three exhibitions; Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains; Plywood: Material of the Modern World and Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. Tate Britain saw a 61 per cent increase in visitors – resulting in a rise to 15th place from 29th – which they credited in part to the hugely successful David Hockney Exhibition in the first half of the year (1,741,010). Shakespeare’s New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon saw a 191 per cent increase to 142,325 visitors following its opneing in the summer of 2016 following a two-year, £6m capital project to re-present the site of Shakespeare’s family home marking the 400th anniversary of his death.
The Museum of Childhood will officially reopen to the public next month (Saturday 3 March 2018) following a five-month refurbishment of the ground floor - underpinned by visitor and market research by Jura Consultants.
Our office has been under threat of a Roman invasion this week as we prepare for a series of engaging community consultation sessions across the breadth of Scotland for the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project.
This is an exciting and ambitious project which will bring the Antonine Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site to life and reveal more of its fascinating past through a number of innovative projects. An outline of the project has already secured a first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we are currently involved in the detailed planning stage for a full grant application next year.
Community participation and engagement is critical to the success of this project with training and community-led events underpinning the delivery of the full three-year project which will use the story of the Antonine Wall as the inspiration for a number of initiatives, including:
- Creating a Roman / Antonine Wall inspired play parks in each of the 5 local authority areas that host the Wall – sites under consideration include
- Designing and making a recreation of a distance marker in each of the 5 local authority areas that host the Wall
- Planning creative multi-media projects related to sites along the Wall that talk specifically about the community’s experience of the sites, and the wider landscape and communities along the Wall
- Developing and leading community initiatives: this could be anything from exhibitions or local research projects, to community gardens with a Roman twist, arts activities or drama performances based on the Antonine Wall
- Joining the 21st Century Legion – a volunteer legion that will help raise awareness of the Wall and assist in developing and delivering activities, amongst many others – no previous experience necessary as training will be provided
- Outreach activities to museums and communities across Scotland
We are now in the process of engaging with communities along the wall’s entire length, ensuring that what is delivered is unique to each area of the Wall and carefully curated to meet the needs of individual local communities. Drop in events will be delivered in West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk in November and December 2017 to share information about the project and to work with the community to develop the project ideas further.
The National Lottery has confirmed a grant of £1,071,900 towards the Heritage Lottery Funded Revealing Cultures capital project, the fourth and final stage of the 15 year Masterplan to transform the National Museum of Scotland. The grant supports a £3.3 million project which will see the creation two new galleries displaying National Museums Scotland’s internationally important collections of Ancient Egyptian and East Asian material, together with an extensive programme of activities across Scotland.
Jura Consultants has worked closely with National Museums Scotland for a number of years, supporting the coordination and development of capital projects across its portfolio with particular involvement in the £80 million National Museum of Scotland Masterplan. We assisted the National Museum of Scotland in the preparation of the Round 1 HLF application for the Revealing Cultures project, providing ongoing advice as well as assistance with the preparation of the application form and supporting documents. Revealing Cultures will complete the Masterplan which has phase by phase restored one of the UK’s finest Victorian buildings, revealing remarkable treasures, creating inspiring learning experiences to engage yet more visitors and making the National Museum of Scotland one of the most visited attractions outside London.
Many congratulations to English Heritage on being awarded a £4.08 million grant to revive and restore Marble Hill House and surrounding historic parkland in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames.
The funding has been given to the Marble Hill Revived project by the jointly funded Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund's Parks for People Programme. Planned improvements to the historic property and surrounding parkland are expected to cost £6 million, turning back decades of underinvestment. The support for Marble Hill Park comes as part of an announcement of £40million for 13 parks and cemeteries across the UK.
Jura Consultants are pleased to have aided English Heritage in the preparation of a Business Plan for the site which helped to secure the funding and develop a more sustainable business model for the site's future.
The Marble Hill Revived project will see new interpretation installed to bring the property's fascinating stories to life, particularly those of its former owner Henrietta Howard. This remarkable woman built Marble Hill House in the 1720s as a retreat from court life and as a place to entertain her dazzling circle of friends. Conservation works will also take place to the exterior of the building to preserve it for future generations. Once completed the house will be open to the public for free, five days of the week, rather than the present weekend only openings during the summer.
English Heritage will also restore the lost 18th-century Pleasure Grounds between the house and the river, restoring the landscape to designs as shown in a survey plan of the grounds in c.1752. The reintroduction of heritage features within the grounds will create a greater diversity of spatial character and habitats within the park, as well as improving the aesthetic value of the space, including significantly restoring and reframing important views and vistas between the house and River Thames. To complement this work, the presentation of the wider park will be improved, including the redevelopment of public amenities and creation of a new children's play park, to offer an enhanced experience for all park users.
The capital works will also be supported by the development and implementation of an activity plan and new volunteering programmes to improve access to, and interpretation of, the whole site.
Assistant Consultant Eleanor Styles has been selected as one of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)’s new Heritage Ambassadors, who will help to allocate millions of National Lottery funds awarded through HLF’s new £10 million Kick the Dust funding programme. The group, made up of 17 young people, drawn from across the UK will work with the organisation to promote and find ways of increasing the number of under-25s visiting and getting involved with heritage.
Huge congratulations to the University of Edinburgh on the re-opening of the wonderful St Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room & Music Museum. The redevelopment is stunning and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to play a part in the transformation. The opening event was fantastic and we can’t wait to visit again!