Celebrating Halton’s Heritage: Brief for Project Co-ordinator
  1. Celebrating Halton’s Heritage: Brief for Project Co-ordinator

This paper outlines the brief for a Project Co-ordinator for the Celebrating Halton’s Heritage project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF). The deadline for applications is Weds 23rd June (midnight).

Background to project

Celebrating Halton’s Heritage is a strand of Halton Borough Council’s Borough of Culture Programme for 2021.  Borough of Culture is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region, as part of the Combined Authority’s 1% for Culture programme. Halton’s year is 2021.

The overall aim of the programme is to stimulate talent, aspiration and promote creativity and economic growth through cultural engagement and activity across the City Region.

Each Borough needs to weave five key elements into their creative programme:

  • Children and Young People – accessing, enjoying, learning and thriving through culture and creative engagement with skills and talent pathways
  • Positive Outcomes – wellbeing, health, education, cohesion and future of work
  • Communities – increased participation, particularly the ageing society
  • Distinctiveness of Place – promoting the creative and cultural offer to local people and visitors
  • Infrastructure – leaving a legacy through better infrastructure for culture and creativity

In Halton our aim is to increase participation in quality cultural activity across Halton, helping more people to experience the arts and to benefit from the role that culture can play in transforming lives – improving health and wellbeing, reducing social isolation, increasing community cohesion, inspiring creativity, supporting learning and making Halton a great place to live and work.

The focus of the Celebrating Halton’s Heritage proposal is a heritage hub at St Marie’s, a converted church building in Widnes, now home to Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action (VCA). The venue will host the hub itself, along with office space for the Project Co-ordinator and creative practitioners commissioned as part of the project. It will also host talks, workshops and exhibitions on the chosen themes. A series of satellite activities will be held at partner venues to help spread the heritage of the Borough to those who would not ordinarily engage with heritage.

The proposal also includes a commission for a creative practitioner to work with a group of young people to explore one of the themes (nasties) and a commission for young people to work with heritage architects to create monologues relating to the themes to be projected on non-heritage buildings around the Borough. This may include work with an oral historian and other creative practitioners, such as a local poet.

The bundle also includes opportunities for local groups and individuals to apply for small pots of money to deliver mini projects which explore the themes further; this aspect will be managed by HBC.

The proposal focuses in on the Borough of Culture theme Pioneers and Trailblazers; taking this overall theme, the proposal focuses in on Trades – who were the movers and shakers in the Borough’s industries? Who were the ‘workforces’, locals, immigrants etc? What were conditions like? How did trades in the area change over time?

Through discussions with Halton Heritage Partnership, we have focused in on three sub-themes:

~ ‘Nasties’ – tanning, bleach-packing, quarrying etc;

~ Rural – farming, game-keeping, bargees etc;

~ Making – watch parts, sail-making, linen weaving, cheese-making…

The project will build on previous heritage projects which started to explore the working lives of people in the Borough through time; we would like the opportunity to showcase some of this work in new and exciting ways and investigate further the new Trade themes. Strands include:

  • Heritage Hub – temporary space at St Marie’s
  • Project Co-ordinator – to drive the project and co-ordinate all strands
  • Satellite Hubs – outreach activity at The Wids Rugby Union Club, Widnes Market, Mako Create and Culture HQ (a Borough of Culture space in Halton Lea, Runcorn)
  • Artist Commission – artist to explore the ‘nasties’ theme with a group of young people, incorporating oral history and poetry work
  • Monologues/Heritage Architects – young people to create monologues of key characters to be projected onto buildings around the Borough
  • Small grants scheme – pot of funding for local organisations and individuals to bid for to deliver small pieces of work to come together in a showcase in Sept 2022

Activities include:

  • Three exhibitions spread over 12 months – one on each sub-theme
  • Programme of talks and workshops on the sub-themes
  • Mini shop in hub, showcasing local makers/heritage organisations
  • Monologues projected onto buildings
  • Artist commission and events

Project Co-ordinator Role:

The Project Co-ordinator will manage the space, developing a programme of workshops, exhibitions and interactions over the year, as well as outreach activities, recruit and manage a group of volunteers, and partnership working. They will work closely with the commissioned artist, heritage architects and youth facilitator and will nurture a young apprentice.

The organisation/individual will be required to devise and deliver a coherent and dynamic programme of activity for the Hub for the latter part of Halton’s year as Borough of Culture (Celebrate Halton) in 2021 and into 2022. The programme will need to be aspirational, accessible and engaging, with some co-creation with the community and local artists, offering opportunities to deliver some aspects of the programme.

Key tasks are:

  • Oversee and deliver the Celebrating Halton’s Heritage programme, ensuring wide participation, on a range of heritage activity, to include outreach activity.
  • Commission and manage exhibitions and workshops to deliver a high standard of cultural engagement
  • Work closely with partners and professionals/artists to plan and deliver the agreed programme.
  • Recruit and manage a team of volunteers, to include young people, who will help run the Hub and outreach activity.
  • Work closely with the Borough of Culture Team at HBC to manage the budget and timeline, reporting back with accurate costings and updates.
  • Gather feedback, case studies and monitoring data from the programme to ensure learning outcomes are captured and standards of quality are maintained across the This will be part of the development and implementation of an evaluation framework for the overall Borough of Culture Programme.

 

 

 

Experience and Requirements (E= Essential/D=Desirable):

  • experience within the cultural sector (D)
  • experience of programme curation and co-ordination to achieve exciting activities with a limited budget and including partnership working (E)
  • experience of recruiting, training and managing volunteers, including young people (E)
  • knowledge of Halton’s heritage, cultural assets and its communities would be of benefit (D)
  • experience of managing budgets (E)
  • experience of producing regular updates and reports (E)
  • ability to deliver to time (E)
  • excellent organisational and administration skills (E)
  • experience of working in a team (E)
  • experience of engaging with multiple stakeholders that could include communities, politicians, businesses and others (E)
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills (E)
  • willingness to work collaboratively (E)
  • willingness to work flexibly with some evening and weekends required (E)
  • Proof of recent and relevant DBS check (E)
  • Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance (E)

Project Management/Reporting:

The fund holder is Halton Borough Council who are working closely with their programme management partner ArtReach to deliver Borough of Culture.

The Project Coordinator will report in to Steph Davies, External Funding Lead at Halton Borough Council and produce a monthly report for the project Steering Group which covers achievements in the previous month and plans for the forthcoming month.

Fee

The contract period is from 01/07/2021 until 30/09/2022.The price is a fixed price of £24,000 for contract delivery and the maximum amount that will be available.

The £24,000 awarded in this project is for operational delivery of the project and will be paid to the successful organisation/individual in FIVE stages over the term of the contract:

  • 30% upon appointment
  • 20% in first quarter
  • 20% in second quarter
  • 20% in third quarter
  • 10% upon successful completion of brief at end of Sept 2022

This is a flat rate fee not calculated by daily rate; those called for interview will be expected to explain how the work and time might be allocated within this budget in order to achieve the expected outcomes.

Timeline

Deadline for applications Weds 23rd June

Interviews w/c 28th June

Appointment of Coordinator – by end June 2021

Development of proposed programme – July/August 2021

Hub set up and ready for delivery – end August 2021

Programme Delivery Sept 2021 to end Sept 2022

PLEASE NOTE – ALL ACTIVITIES WILL OPERATE UNDER THE COVID 19 GUIDELINES CURRENT AT THE TIME OF THE PROJECT

For queries about the project or the brief, please contact Steph Davies on steph.davies@halton.gov.uk or 0151 511 7960

Liberty UK / Made In Halton

For brief and application form visit https://celebratehalton.co.uk/made-in-halton/