*NOW CLOSED* Invitation To Tender – 6 x Village Atlas’, heritage trails and the Development of our Eco Museum (Skernopolis)

We are seeking to appoint a provider to deliver a programme (including the delivery of training) and to prepare for publication, in print and digitally, the materials produced through the creation of six Village Atlas programmes. To work with the following villages/communities; Sadberge, Heighington, Houghton Le Skerne, Aycliffe Village, Fishburn and the local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community in and around Darlington.

The contractor(s) could either be a single entity (working with or without sub-contractors) or a consortium of specialist providers. However, the lead partner or contractor will be required to accept the responsibility and risk for delivering all aspects of the contract.

The Discover Brightwater Landscape Partnership is seeking for the contractor to produce a series of heritage trails as part of this contract including:

  • A community-led heritage trail of Great Aycliffe,
  • A community-led heritage trail of Fishburn and
  • To re-invigorate and re-publish the existing heritage trails in Sedgefield and/or Sadberge.

This element of the contract will require consultation with local groups who were involved in creating the original trails. Making use of the research done as part of the above mentioned Village Atlas research projects, these trails should be interactive, produced in conjunction with local people and be available both digitally and in print. Additional heritage trails of the other villages would be welcome but no additional funding is available.

The Discover Brightwater Landscape Partnership is required, as part of it’s funding, to put in place a legacy programme which aims to ‘curate’ the Brightwater area. We envisage that this project will comprise both tangible and virtual assets. Current thinking is that the Discover Brightwater website will contain functionality to enable local people and visitors to access a wide variety of data, information and resources about the geography, heritage and landscape of the area. To this end we have commissioned an animated landing page for the website to act as an element of the navigation system. The Village Atlas programme will form a key part of the development of the Eco-museum, which has been given the working title: Skernopolis.

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