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I’ve worked with HLF as adviser/ mentor/ monitor &c since 2006. Until 2012 I taught at London University’s Birkbeck College where I ran the national MSc programme in Countryside and Protected Area Management and was director of the University’s Centre for European Protected Area Research (CEPAR) where we undertook the 2010-11 national evaluation of HLF’s Landscape Partnership programme. Other related work included a review of Defra’s Sustainable Development Fund and preparation of AONB management planning guidance under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Now freelance (I'm also Visiting Scholar at the University of Westminster) I undertake research, evaluation and training related to heritage and landscape conservation/ management and community engagement (and still do bits of postgraduate teaching). Work with HLF nationally has included preparation of the Evaluation and LCAP guidance for SF4 (2013-18), management of the annual Output Data collection and analysis, and spatial mapping of LP schemes using GIS. I also work as an evaluator with individual HLF funded schemes to help them capture outcomes and ensure legacy, including preparation of evaluation frameworks, interim reviews and final evaluation and completion reports. Much of my work has been with Landscape Partnership Schemes and Heritage Grant projects, and I’m also currently involved in the joint HLF/ Arts Council Great Place Scheme. I’ve found all of this a huge learning experience – no two schemes are alike and all have different opportunities and challenges - and I’m full of admiration for the enormous amount of effort and commitment of delivery teams, partners and volunteers which have enabled HLF funding to ‘make a difference’ in so many places throughout the UK. You can contact me direct on rich[at]cepar.org.uk.
What's going on in our community
Welcome to our online forum for people connected to our Great Place Scheme programme. As a UK-wide initiative we know how tricky it can be to get people in the same room so an online community is the perfect way to get folks connected, sharing and learning from each other. Whether you are... read more
OUR CRAFT CHANGES LIVES The Dry Stone Walling Association is offering the opportunity to train for a new career in the traditional craft of dry stone walling. With support from Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future Programme , a National Training Bursary Project has been launched. Our new... read more
Yesterday we hosted a really intersting live chat on the topic of 'When is heritage?' . That is to say - how old does something have to be to be considered heritage? We invited some guests along to talk about their HLF-supported projects which deal with what might be considered 'contemporary'... read more
Stories, Stones and Bones was a dedicated programme created to help communities participate in Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with a focus on engaging new audiences. £850,000 was awarded to 98 projects across Scotland exploring all kinds of heritage. The programme aimed to get... read more