The challenge

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is well known for its human and ecclesiastical history and is heavily visited in summer. Most visitors do not stay long and do not spend as often as the islanders would like them to.

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In winter, the island has another claim to fame, it attracts flocks of rare wintering geese. The local management for them is a conservation success story. Natural England is keen to tell this story and the islanders want an added attraction. The islanders also feel strongly that this should be ’their’ story.

Our solutions

We developed ideas for content with Natural England and the Holy Island Development Committee then ran a series of participative workshops for islanders to share what is important for them about “their wildlife”.

Quotations from these workshops make up about 75% of the text in the ‘Window on Wild Lindisfarne’.

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The resultant exhibitions have proved immensely popular with both visitors and local people. Read more about this project on our blog.

We were the interpretive planners, workshop facilitators and scriptwriters on a team led by our long-time associates CDA.

Related Projects

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    Window on Wild Lindisfarne

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    • Natura 2000 European Site
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    We worked closely with local people to produce two visitor centres that reveal island life, human and natural, past and present.

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    • Heritage Lottery Funding
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    We created an Interpretation Plan for the South Down’s Heathlands Reunited Landscape Area Partnership Project’s Heritage Lottery Fund bid.


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