The Mortimer’s Heritage Project steering group held their first workshop at Sewerby Hall on March 4th, led by heritage consultant, Sarah Oswald of The Authentic Spark as part of their successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Members spent the day defining their vision for Mortimer’s as a heritage destination; what it will look like, how people will feel when there and what will be said by those who visit. Discussions also took place as to what kind of organisation will run Mortimer’s and ensure its future sustainability and success.
The group spent time looking at all the exciting opportunities this heritage project presents, not just to Driffield but to the wider community, whilst also appreciating the many and varied challenges that lay ahead. Next steps involve researching other projects and sites to visit as examples of good practice and to learn from their experiences.
Chair of the group, Cllr Mark Blakeston, commented that ‘this is the first time that the members have had an opportunity to get around the table to really discuss our vision and hopes for Mortimer’s with Sarah, an expert in the heritage field. The knowledge she brings and the enthusiasm and passion our members have to bring this project to fruition resulted in a very worthwhile day in the very beautiful setting of Sewerby Hall.’
The next workshop will take place on April 12th. More updates to follow.