Cataloguing at South Shields

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Between December 2015 and August 2016, Robert and Fiona catalogued the local studies reserve collection of South Shields Public Library in preparation for the library’s move to new premises.

Audience Development and Activity Plan

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

During the Autumn of 2015, Fiona and Robert researched and wrote an audience development and activity plan for English Heritage, in preparation for a major HLF bid for one of their properties.

The Seam

Monday, June 8th, 2015

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. The BBC’s Inside Out covered the residency too.

Bridge North East

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Dr Sarah Jackson and Fiona completed a review of the heritage and schools programmes which had been running across the North East during the years 2011-2015 for Bridge North East.

Making a Mark – teacher evaluation

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Making a Mark, a museum project running with seven Tees Valley museums and the National Portrait Gallery. Working with Dr Sarah Jackson, Fiona and Sarah evaluated the project from the perspective of the teaching staff involved. Their report may be viewed on the National Portrait Gallery website

Wikimedian in Residence at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Friday, June 28th, 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.

Management of Social Media Pages

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

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

The pages we have developed are for
Shepherds Dene
Tyne Valley Line Community Rail Partnership
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

Audience Development at Shepherds Dene

Friday, December 10th, 2010

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

Project Manager on NEALIS

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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.

Creative Agent for Creative Partnerships

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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.”

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