Mini case studies
Over the past few years CDC has been lucky enough to work with a wide range of individuals and organisations all showing enormous commitment and determination to achieve their goals.
Working as a team, CDC is proud to have been able to contribute to some of these successes
Baptist History: The Hidden Treasures of a Nation
“The Angus Library and Archive is the leading collection of Baptist history and heritage worldwide”
CDC, working with associates Katherine Chant and Jo Graham, was commissioned by Regent’s Park College, Oxford to deliver an Activity Plan to support a Round 2 application to HLF. The application was successful and the work has been up and running since early 2014.
At the heart of the project was the opportunity to unlock the national heritage treasures held within The Angus Library and Archive (The Angus). Through research and consultation we created a set of partnerships that now bring many new people into contact with the richness of the Baptist collection, both via a digital approach and visits to the collection itself. Extensive consultation ensured that a well-tested and robust set of Activity Plan aims are being delivered successfully by the Angus Library and Archive team:
- History teaching at secondary schools is a focal point for the project and we were fascinated to learn about the links teaching staff have made to the collections, and their enthusiasm for using primary sources for teaching and learning encouraged us to be innovative in our approach to schools engagement.
- Links with the Oxford Guild of Guides and the University of the Third Age (U3A) allow the Angus staff to tap into the Oxford adult learning market and to raise its profile and an organisation that encourages volunteering, public participation and learning.
- Further cataloguing and a programme of digitisation offer, for the first time, online access to this hidden treasure for academic and family researchers alike.
Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute, Bridport Area Development Trust
The Literary & Scientific Institute (LSI) is better known in Bridport as “the Old Library”, having for 45 years following World War Two served as the town’s public library. It is one of the town’s best-loved and most imposing buildings (Grade II* Listed) but has fallen into a state of disrepair, is on the national Building at Risk register, and has for a number of years been a subject of concern to the local councils and the Bridport community.
The Bridport Area Development Trust has taken on the challenge of raising the funds for the restoration of the building and employed the services of CDC, working with associates Michael White and Tony Richardson, to build a business case for the vision of a renovated LSI building.
“The restored Institute will offer mixed public–private usage incorporating space for community use, information about the local heritage, a talks and events programme and educational activity. In order to enable the building to operate without public subsidy, areas of the building will be let to small local businesses and for education and training. A café will operate on the ground floor, servicing users of the building and the general public”
CDC worked with the Trust in the early stages of the project, presenting an outline business plan to support the Trust’s successful Round 1 HLF application. This was followed by further market testing with small businesses and enterprises, including the launch of a commercial prospectus to test the central income-earning concept of the vision, to enable us to assist the Trust present a robust Business Plan to support their successful HLF Round 2 application.