Oakmere Solutions delivers high quality contemporary consultancy, evaluation and change management services to clients underpinned by values of customer service, confidentiality, professional integrity and open and honest relationships and communications. 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 and well-being of our customers, stakeholders, associates and directors.
British Horological Institute, Upton, Nottinghamshire
‘Saving Time’ project. Activity Plan consultants for this £4.5m HLF supported project designed to: restore a derelict Stable Block to create a ‘Centre for Horology’ in the grounds of Upton Hall; increase horology training capacity and address the recognised shortage of UK trained horologists; open the Upton Hall facilities to the public, provide an exhibition space, offer insights into key items from the museum collection and support the direct observation of horologists at work; provide a range of activities to increase volunteering, promote heritage skills and understanding and increase engagement with local people and communities.
City of London Corporation: Hampstead Heath
Wide-ranging work with staff and volunteers to support the development of an outcomes-led communications strategy for Hampstead Heath one of London's most popular open spaces and a major tourism destination.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Oakmere Solutions provides expert advice, monitoring and mentoring services to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Current projects include:
In addition, we have recently completed a review of a series of Activity Plan case studies across the nations and regions for the HLF to support professional review and the identification of practice. It is anticipated that this will be published shortly.
Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent
We have been appointed by the Princes Regeneration Trust (PRT) to undertake an external summative evaluation of the £9m restoration of Middleport Pottery, the historic home of the world-famous Burleigh pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and which is now both a working factory and unique visitor attraction. The evaluation will both assess the achievements of the restoration against its targets and identify lesson and good practice that can inform and support the heritage sector more widely. In addition, the work will include a piloting and review of an outcome-led evaluation framework being developed by the PRT.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, London
SPAB Maintenance Cooperative Project. We are 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; Hereford and Worcester; Lincolnshire; the North East; the South West. In these areas, the project will offer: support to establish local Maintenance Co-operatives, free training, online resources, access to professional advice and a network of volunteers to share skills and ideas. A national Maintenance Co-operatives conference will be held annually.
This work builds on the success of the earlier Faith in Maintenance project for which Oakmere Solutions acted as the external evaluator. 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.
St. Martin of Tours, Bilborough, Nottingham
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
Project mentoring and evaluation of this unique project designed to catalogue, safeguard and make accessible a specialist archive and collection that provides 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.
Whisstocks Boatyard, Woodbridge, Suffolk
We are supporting the development of projects and proposals associated with the redevelopment of the historic Whisstocks Boatyard, 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
Beonna, Benington, Lincolnshire
Activity and interpretation planning and associated business planning for the Benington Community Heritage Trust (BCHT) in partnership with the Churches Conservation Trust for the development of Grade 1 listed All Saints Church leading to a successful £1.8m Round 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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, and the impact his work had on our national culture and music heritage.
Catton Park, Norwich
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.
Croydon Airport Society, London
Consultancy 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.
East Anglian Offshore Wind
Wide-ranging consultancy to develop a skills strategy and associated detailed implementation plan to support skills development for the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm. 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.
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
Extensive range of project mentoring, monitoring and expert advice across all categories of heritage since 2009.
Historic Royal Palaces, London
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 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 for 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.
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 programme.
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.
Orangebox Centre of the Arts for Young People, Halifax
Consultancy and business planning resulting in a successful myplace application and £3.8 million funding for this contemporary facility in Yorkshire.
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 enhancing access to the historic Town Hall which dates from 1421, its collections and archive.
Dr. Peter Funnell
Peter has over 25 years’ experience of consultancy and project design, leadership and evaluation in a wide range of contexts. 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 (now University of 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 Minister’s Delivery Unit review of national Apprenticeship schemes.
Peter has produced a wide-range of academic books and peer-reviewed papers 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, member of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership skills board and independent chair of the post-16 Area Review of Norfolk and Suffolk. 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 governance group for Quay Place - an HLF funded project led by Suffolk MIND and the Churches Conservation Trust. She is a Director of the Heritage Education Trust which oversees the annual Sandford Awards for heritage education and is a member of the Historic Houses Association’s Learning Advisory Service. From 2006-2012 Sharon was a Trustee, and Deputy Chair of GEM, the professional association for heritage educationalists.
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