Oakmere Solutions delivers high quality contemporary consultancy, evaluation and change management services to clients underpinned by values of customer service, confidentiality and professional integrity. Launched in 2009 we offer:
We work extensively, but not exclusively in the heritage sector. Our specialisms include activity planning, business planning, the planning of volunteer recruitment and training, and the development of effective evaluation strategies alongside supporting the successful development of project proposals for funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies.
We are committed to ethical and sustainable business practice, to maintaining and promoting equal opportunities and the health, welfare and well-being of its customers, stakeholders, associates and directors.
Oakmere Solutions has been appointed to provide activity and interpretation planning and associated business planning to the Benington Community Heritage Trust (BCHT) for the development of All Saints Church in Bennington, Lincolnshire. All Saints is a Grade 1 listed building dating from the 1200’s. The BCHT, in partnership with the Churches Conservation Trust and other organisations have identified that the most sustainable future use of the building will be as a community and events centre, drawing on the rich heritage of All Saints and the wider area.
The Centre – the Beonna named to reflect the origins of the village – will provide high quality facilities for a wide range of leisure, corporate hire and cultural activities and act as a focus for heritage and other learning and associated activities such as historic building maintenance, wildlife conservation and heritage tours and trails. It will also re-establish essential local services and provide a community café so adding value and promoting community engagement.
Oakmere Solutions is producing a set of detailed and coherent business, activity and interpretation plans to support a Round 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The plans will: establish the business case for investment; identify priority income generation and expenditure streams; and, identify and prioritise target audiences, activities and opportunities.
Croydon Airport Society
Oakmere Solutions is supporting the CAS explore options and build capacity to further develop its current Visitor Centre and safeguard and make accessible its unique and significant paper and photographic archive and collection of items and memorabilia relating to the history of Croydon Airport, and aviation history more generally.
Croydon Airport was the UK’s first major international airport located in London. During the early 20th Century the airport was a hotbed for technical innovation, including the initial development of air traffic control policy and procedures. In the inter-war years the airport was the focal point for many world record breaking flights, and it played a prominent role during the Second World War. The airport returned to civilian use after 1945 and closed in 1959.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Oakmere Solutions provides expert advice, monitoring and mentoring services to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Current projects include:
In addition, Oakmere Solutions has been commissioned by the HLF to undertake a review of a series of Activity Plan case studies across the nations and regions to support professional review and the identification of practice for subsequent publication.
Ipswich Locality Advice Partnership (ILAP)
Oakmere Solutions is providing independent evaluation of a major project designed to develop comprehensive and coordinated advisory services in the Ipswich locality. The project is one of 228 partnership projects across England funded in 2013 for two years through the £67m Advice Services Transition Fund with the aim of supporting organisations develop better partnership working and devise means of being less reliant on public monies in the future.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Oakmere Solutions is supporting the work of the Cross Hampstead Heath Strategic Partnership which aims to integrate volunteering opportunities across Hampstead Heath, London. Members of the Partnership are: RSPB, City of London Corporation, English Heritage at Kenwood House and Heath Hands.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Maintenance Cooperative Project. Oakmere Solutions is providing independent evaluation of this three year £1.2m HLF supported project designed to build capacity and promote best practice in preventative maintenance, through active networks of local groups or ‘Maintenance Co-operatives’ in five regional areas: Cumbria, North East, Dorset and Somerset, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and Lincolnshire. In these areas the project will offer: support to set-up local Maintenance Co-operatives, free training, online resources, access to professional advice and a sociable network of volunteers to share skills and ideas. A Maintenance Co-operatives conference will be during National Maintenance Week. The training provided will be free and tailored to meet local needs.
St. Martin of Tours, Bilborough, Nottingham
Oakmere Solutions is providing multi-year independent external review and continuous assessment to the evaluation elements of this HLF-supported project. The project aims to reveal the rich heritage of the medieval church of St Martin of Tours, including two unique wall paintings by war artist, Evelyn Gibbs.
Suffolk Horse Society
Oakmere Solutions is supporting the Suffolk Horse Society develop proposals to catalogue, safeguard and make accessible its specialist archive and collection that provides unique insights into the historic significance of the Suffolk Punch horse breed and the developing nature of agriculture and the land based economy during the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Oakmere Solutions is supporting the development of projects and proposals associated with the redevelopment of the historic Whisstocks Boatyard in Woodbridge, Suffolk, incorporating its industrial and maritime heritage and the natural heritage of the River Deben. This work also links with the internationally significant Sutton Hoo Anglo Saxon burial site located nearby on the opposite bank of the river.
Recently Completed Projects
Britten-Pears Foundation, Suffolk
Consultancy leading to the completion of an activity plan for Britten 100, a major project to increase learning about, and participation in, the heritage legacy of Benjamin Britten in Aldeburgh. The subsequent proposal to the HLF resulting in a £1.4m grant to mark and celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten in 2013, and the impact his work had on our national culture and music heritage.
Consultancy to support the future development and long-term sustainability of the park. Catton Park is a nationally important space and an area of historic interest located on the outskirts of Norwich, Norfolk. The 70 acre park, which includes extensive woodlands, was the first known commission of the renowned landscape architect Humphry Repton.
Clare Castle Country Park
Consultancy and facilitation support to the Clare Town Council and the park trustees-elect to support the development and future sustainability of this beautiful park situated to the south of the picturesque, historic town of Clare, Suffolk. The park contains the remains of a 13th Century stone castle set upon its 70ft high motte overlooking the town, as well as its inner and outer baileys. The inner bailey also contains the former Clare railway station and the goods yard, which operated for over 100 years, with the goods shed now housing displays and a railway goods van on a stretch of track.
East Anglian Offshore Wind
Wide-ranging consultancy to develop a skills strategy and associated detailed implementation plan to support skills development for the proposed East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm. East Anglia Offshore Wind Limited is a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited and Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd. The Crown Estate Commissioners awarded EAOW rights to develop Zone 5 of The Crown Estate’s UK Offshore Wind Round 3 tender process. This zone is a significant area of the seabed located off the coast of East Anglia with a target capacity of 7,200 megawatts of power.
Coalhouse Fort Park, East Tilbury, Thurrock
Consultancy to assess the educational potential of the Fort and Park as part of activity planning resulting in a successful Round 2 HLF application.
Faith in Maintenance
Oakmere Solutions acted as the external evaluator for this major multi-year project led by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and funded by the HLF and English Heritage. The project provided training and support for volunteers in England and Wales who help to maintain historic places of worship. FIM subsequently won a prestigious Europa Nostra Laureate Award supported by evaluation evidence.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, Norfolk
Consultancy to support activity planning for the successful £1.4m HLF funded ‘Voices from the Workhouse’ project and the redisplay and reinterpretation of the museums workhouse collections.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Since 2009 Oakmere Solutions has undertaken commissions from HLF with a wide range of projects. Examples of which include:
Historic Royal Palaces
Consultancy working with the Historic Royal Palaces team, service users and other stakeholders to review the HRP education strategy and associated activities and present options and recommendations for change. HRP is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace – palaces owned by HRM The Queen on behalf of the nation. The aim of the HRP is to help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. The HRP education service provides learning visits for schools and colleges, adult learning events and family learning activities, welcoming some 200,000 education visitors annually.
Hudd Music Hall Archive Project
Project leadership and curation and other professional services to this exciting two-year project supported by the HLF and directed by Suffolk New College. The project aimed to evaluate, describe and organise a unique cultural heritage archive covering the history of Music Hall and Variety owned by the actor, performer and historian Roy Hudd, with the purpose of bringing it into active public use. The project used the archive to create an initial programme of community, educational and performance activities alongside an effective curation plan and options for its future sustainability. It has subsequently been identified as a case study of practice by the National Archive
Ipswich Town Football Archive, Ipswich
Oakmere Solutions led on behalf of Inspire Suffolk an archive project designed to catalogue the extensive archive available to the Club and use it to promote wide-ranging learning and engagement. This was subsequently identified as a featured project at the launch of the new HLF web site in October 2014.
Kenley Airfield, Surrey
The City of London Corporation commissioned Oakmere Solutions to support the development and submission of a successful Round 1 application to the HLF designed to safeguard the airfield and its heritage structures and enhance its use as a community asset.
Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire
Options appraisal work for the organisational management of Lincoln Castle and a five year business plan for the Heritage Skills Centre located in the grounds of Lincoln Castle. In addition as a separate consultancy Oakmere Solutions supported the securing of an apprenticeship funding through the HLF Skills for the Future Project.
National Trust of Western Australia
Consultancy for the National Trust of Western Australia supporting its work in establishing a robust methodology for determining the social and economic value of the heritage.
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax
Consultancy and business planning resulting in a successful myplace application and £3.8 million funding for the Orangebox young people’s centre in Halifax, Yorkshire.
St. Martin’s of Tours, Bilborough, Nottingham
Production of a comprehensive costed Activity Plan and associated business planning advice for this successful Round 2 HLF application in 2013.
St. Nicholas’s Chapel, King’s Lynn
Production of a comprehensive Activity Plan and associated robust and evidenced Business Plan to support a successful and innovative £2.7m Round 2 proposal to the HLF.
Town Hall, King's Lynn
Consultancy to support the development of a volunteering strategy linked the significant heritage assets in Kings Lynn having previously acted as facilitator and provided external professional support to the development of a successful Round 1 application to the HLF aimed at significantly enhancing access to the historic Town Hall which dates from 1421, its collections and archive.
Dr. Peter Funnell
Peter has over 20 years’ experience of consultancy and project design, leadership and evaluation in a wide range of sectors. He has enjoyed a distinguished academic career including roles as a FE College Assistant Principal and as Executive Dean of Arts, Business and the Social Sciences, and Director of Enterprise at University Campus Suffolk. More recently he was the founding Chief Executive of IDEA Ltd, an innovative university/business partnership which aims to establish and deliver a skills escalator from apprenticeships to post-graduate awards for the ICT sector. IDEA was launched by the Prime Minister at BT’s global research centre Adastral Park in 2009. During 2010/11 he was a member of the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit review of national Apprenticeship schemes.
Peter has published widely and enjoys an international reputation in the field of technology-supported learning. He has undertaken consultancies across Europe, in Australia and the Middle East alongside two BT research fellowships and a Visiting Teaching Fellowship at Murdoch University, Australia. He has extensive experience of project and service design and evaluation, business planning and working and supporting small and micro businesses.
Peter is Immediate Past President of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership skills board. He holds other board positions including Chair of the Eastern Angles Theatre Company. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Dr. Sharon Goddard
Sharon has extensive consultancy experience in the field of learning and skills, volunteering, interpretation and activity planning, audience development and project evaluation. Sharon's expertise has been gained through a mix of professional roles, specifically: 15 years teaching and managing in arts and humanities further and higher education; six years as national policy and research lead on learning, skills and youth strategies for the Heritage Lottery Fund (2000 – 2006); as strategic educational planner and commissioner with the Learning and Skills Council in Norfolk; as East of England regional advisor on 14 – 19 education for the UK Government's Department for Education; as Deputy Director for Children and Learners at the Government Office for the East of England, and as national advisor within the UK Government's Department for Education on careers guidance.
Sharon is a Trustee of the Museum of East Anglian Life, and serves on the steering committee of the St Mary at the Quay HLF funded project led by Suffolk MIND and the Churches Conservation Trust. She is also a Director of the Heritage Education Trust which oversees the annual Sandford Awards for heritage education. From 2006-2012 Sharon was a Trustee, and Deputy Chair of GEM, the professional association for heritage educationalists. In 2009 she completed work with the Council of Europe supporting the implementation of the Faro Convention on the value of the cultural heritage for society including a chapter "Heritage Partnerships - promoting public involvement and understanding" for the recent Council of Europe publication, Heritage and Beyond (2009): Council of Europe Publishing.
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