Come along to a Focus Group!

Photograph of Manchester Focus Group Workshop, 27th Oct 2017

Over the last few days we have been busy finding and booking meeting rooms for our series of focus group workshops to be held in the Autumn (Sept – Nov). These are all now open for registration, and links to the booking forms for each of them can be found towards the end of this blog post.

The focus group workshops provide an opportunity to discuss what a knowledge exchange framework for the built historic environment might include, and how it could work for you. We want to make sure that the framework that is developed through the HistBEKE project will be of benefit everyone in the sector, and the workshops will help us to really focus in on what you need and what matters to you. This is your chance to make sure that we’re developing something you can actually use. They also begin the knowledge exchange process, with plenty of discussion and sharing of ideas (and plenty of cake too!).

SPAB MCP Volunteers discussing repair Priorities for historic places of worship
Image courtesy of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)

The Programme is the same at each workshop, although the discussion topics will be confirmed on the day based on your ideas and suggestions, so they are likely to be different at each workshop. Each one will run as follows:

13.00    Arrival: tea & Coffee

13.15    Welcome and introductions, including an introduction to frameworks, an overview of the project, and suggestions for discussion topics – please bring ideas with you!

14.00    Discussion Session 1: Your thoughts on frameworks and whether they are used/useful, as well as confirmation of topics for the following sessions

14.40    Discussion Session 2: choice of two topics, to be confirmed in session 1

15.25    Break: Tea, coffee and cake

15.45    Discussion Session 3: choice of two further topics, to be confirmed in session 1

16.30    Final thoughts/questions, future directions for the framework, and wrap up

17.00    Depart

The dates and locations for each of the workshops are listed below. Please click on the one that you would like to attend and it will take you to the Eventbright booking form to register:

York – 15th Sept: The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO1 2AQ

London – 29th Sept: University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG

Birmingham – 13th Oct: Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS

Manchester – 27th Oct: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS

Newcastle – 10th Nov: The Miner’s Institute, Wesgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SE

Bristol – 24th Nov: Armada House, Telephone Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4BQ

London – 29th Nov (booking not available just yet, please contact Stella – – if you would like to attend)

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