Great Place Scheme Learning and Networking Event on 28 March 2018

We held the first Great Place Scheme Leaning and Networking event on the 28th of March at Leeds City Museum. It was very well attended and it was great to see the full cohort of projects in England connecting with one another, sharing experiences and networking.

The highlights of the day were our two guest speakers, Phil Batty from Hull City of Culture and Peter Insole from Bristol City Council, both of whom provided great sparks of learning and inspiration. Sessions led by BOP Consulting, who are evaluating the Scheme in England, were informative and provided insight into the framework developed including discussions and activities on how projects will need to feed into programme level evaluation.

The event was the first of a planned series we'll run over the next three years and the next one will be aimed at the UK-wide cohort.

If you participated and have any further thoughts, please share them with the community. If you didn't participate but have views you'd like to share, please do share them also.

I'll share a summary note of the event in the next few days but in the meantime here are the presentations along with the information provided to delegates.

Please note that Phil Batty's presentation on Hull's story is for internal use only within projects and we would ask that it is not published on-line or circulated outside of Great Place Scheme project teams.

A selection of videos documenting the Hull UK City of Culture project are on YouTube.

To download a copy of the Preliminary Outcomes Evaluation report published in partnership with the University of Hull, please visit

After five years, Phil has now completed his role with Hull 2017, but can be contacted on  or via twitter @philipbatty   

To continue following the Hull 2017 story, please visit: or follow the project on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


View Oluwaseun Soyemi's profile Oluwaseun Soyemi Apr 10 2018 - 4:30pm
  1. I thought people might be interested in a major new initiative covering some of the same ground as the Great Place scheme - the Cultural Cities Enquiry. Early risers may have heard information about the launch on the Today programme yesterday. This is a UK-wide initiative looking at how we support culture and embed it in our approach to different city agendas. BOP Consulting are very proud to be supporting this initiative and you can read a quick overview of who's involved and how the Enquiry is working here:

    There's also a Call for Evidence for the Enquiry which Great Place organisations may wish to contribute to:

    It would be great to include your views and expertise.

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