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.

Please contact Robert for details of previous heritage work.

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 theLibraries 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.

The Seam

Fiona worked with SingerSongwriter Gareth Davies-Jones to secure the funding for The Seam. This was an innovative Songwriter in Residency project to ‘open up’ the library and archive collections of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Fiona also project managed the residency, and the subsequent tour. The project has appeared in many media outlets. From a library prospective, the article in CILIP will provide an introduction. The BBC’s Inside Out covered the residency too.

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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