Portfolio

Below are the main projects, which Fionn Consultancy has been involved with since inception in 2004.

CVs for Fiona and Robert Forsythe are available on request.

Previous freelance heritage work undertaken by Robert may be viewed at www.forsythe.demon.co.uk/heritage.htm

Audience Development at Shepherds Dene

December 2010 - March 2013

Shepherds Dene is the Anglican Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham’s Retreat House. During December 2010 Robert established Facebook pages for them here. Director George Hepburn says “Robert’s skills and enthusiasm and sheer persistence are invaluable”.

Creative Agent for Creative Partnerships

June 2007 – September 2011

Working with schools across the North East, Fionn Consultancy has provided Creative Agent services to:

Churchill Community College, Wallsend
“How can we enable/empower leaders of learning staff/pupils/community) to behave in a more open ended way that will impact upon basic skills, esteem, the experiences themselves and achievement?”

Cockton Hill Infant School, Bishop Auckland

  1. “To what extent will a creative approach to teaching and learning in non-arts based subjects help to inspire and motivate children and help to further their understanding and enjoyment of these subjects?” Maths was made fun by bringing a steam miniature railway to site.
  2. “What can we only do outside?”
  3. “Can we use the expressive arts to learn/play in a different way? How can we use these experiences to make the curriculum even more creative? Where do we have music? Is music about landscape?”

Harton Technology College, South Shields
“Developing thinking skills in Year 7”

John Spence High School, Tynemouth
“How can we challenge the boundaries between subject areas within the remit of the New National Curriculum through a creative activity”

King Edward Primary School, North Shields
“How we can impact on children who are failing to achieve”

Marine Park First School, Whitley Bay
“What impact does outdoor learning have on more able children’s knowledge and understanding of SSM (Shape, Space and Measurement) aspects of the numeracy curriculum”

Reid Street Primary School, Darlington
“How do we explore creative cross-curriculum links?”

St Margaret Clitherow, Middlesbrough
“How do we inspire the technical side of writing skills?”

St Patrick’s RC Primary, Thornaby
“How can we improve communication skills through an exploration of liturgy?”

Spring Gardens Primary, North Shields
“Using music as a case study, we want to develop and test a model for the delivery of a curriculum area where staff are currently less confident”

“How do we develop children’s experience and imagination in order to make a positive impact on their writing skills – how can we make writing more creative?”

Usworth Colliery Primary School, Washington
“How will the encouragement of greater resilience and resourcefulness [amongst pupils] enable a more creative curriculum? Will this have a positive impact in the writing skills of pupils?”

A quote used with permission from Paul Jennings at Churchill Community College

“I wouldn’t have got through Creative Partnerships without the help, support and guidance of Fiona Forsythe. The best thing about working with Fiona was that she never lost sight of what the goals of the College were. She is an absolute almanac of contacts……………….”.

Interim Training Consultant

January 2006 – March 2006

Fionn Consultancy worked on presenting Information Audit awareness raising ‘roadshows’ to staff in the Culture and Leisure Department of Durham County Council.

Management of Social Media Pages

November 2010-

Since 2010, both of us but Robert in particular have spent time developing Social Media pages for ourselves and others. We are both on Twitter and on Facebook each personally.

The pages we have developed are for
Shepherds Dene
Take Pride in Prudhoe
Robertatforsythe
Tyne Valley Line Community Rail Partnership
Tyne Valley Line Rail Users Group
Railway Philately
Railway Signalbox
Railway Carriage Prints
Railway Timetables
Railway Brakevan
Simplon Piers
Simplon Funiculars
Thomas Edmondson Tickets
Railfuture Campaigners
Northumbria Rail Franchise Lobby Group

Marketing Work

September 2006 – ongoing

Fionn Consultancy worked intensely for the development and advocacy of The Forsythe Collection, one of the largest collections of transport ephemera in the country. In January 2009, this was saved for the nation and purchased by the National Railway Museum at York, part of NMSI. The collection can be consulted through the Search Engine archive. Spare material from the collection can be sourced through us.

Project Manager for Northumbria for All

January 2005 – Oct 2005

Co-ordinated by North East Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, a series of 5 action research projects looked at social inclusion issues.

Project Manager on NEALIS

Dec 2009 – Aug 2011

Fionn Consultancy was retained to manage this Museums, Libraries and Archives Council funded project to improve library information and reading services to blind and partially sighted people in North East England. The project duration was December 2009 to August 2011. The project was cited as a finalist in the “Libraries Change Lives Award.

Researcher/writer for Exhibition on the ‘Aycliffe Angels’

January 2005 – May 2005

Aycliffe Angels were the group of women who worked at the Aycliffe Royal Ordnance Factory during the Second World War. This occupied much of Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. In 2005, Hydro-Polymers, who occupy a large part of the ROF site, decided to mark the 50th Anniversary of V.E. Day by installing a permanent exhibition to mark the contribution to the war effort made by the workers, the majority of whom were women, who worked at the ROF.

The project, managed by RDW of Yarm, culminated with a party for former ‘Angels’ on the Hydro-Polymer site, at which they could view the exhibition and receive a souvenir booklet. Fiona and Robert as Fionn Consultancy Services undertook much of the research and wrote the exhibition and brochure text.

Wikimedian in Residence at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

April 2013 - June 2013

Between April and June 2013, Robert held this Wikimedian in Residency based at Discovery Museum in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This was the first Wikimedian resident appointed in North East England.  During the residency 27 new accounts were created and a significant uncovering of  Sunderland born artist Charles de Lacy took place. A full breakdown of what was achieved is here.


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