The Archbishop of York’s Palace, HLF Round 2 application and evaluation

Client: Southwell Minster

Dates: 2011-2016

Budget: £1.9 million

Project: The Archbishop of York’s Palace, Southwell, HLF Round 2 application and evaluation

The Archbishop of York’s Palace at Southwell is a secular heritage, music and horticultural project to restore, reinterpret and open up The Archbishop of York’s Palace in Southwell. I developed and wrote the Activity and Business Plans working in close partnership with the in-house, part time staff, to secure £1.3 million from the HLF. There were four major challenges, balancing the use of a listed building by the public with income generation, meeting the needs of internal and external stakeholders and building new audiences and volunteers at a site that is difficult to reach by public transport with a very small team.

The Business Plan included income generation from themed and music events, community room hire, weddings, film opportunities, festivals and the Activity Plan building on past successes extending their learning and outreach work both on-site in the Great Hall and the new Education Garden and through outreach. The Palace opened in 2014 and I have been retained to coordinate the evaluation of the Activity Plan working with the HLF mentor and Case Officer to delivery reports on the progress of the project to the HLF.