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Heritage Cluster Pilot Project

An exciting new pilot project has been launched on the Great Northern Peninsula to assist community heritage organizations improve their operations and services to the public and build their capacity overall. Supported through the Cultural Economic Development Program, this three-year pilot will determine the effectiveness of providing professional heritage services and staff at a regional level.

The RED Ochre Regional Board is the project lead, working in conjunction with the Pilot Advisory Committee, composed of the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives and the Association of Heritage Industries. The Board is dedicating their considerable expertise in regional development to the pilot, ensuring the long-term success of the Great Northern Peninsula Heritage Network. Other partners in this initiative include the Nordic Economic Development Corporation and the Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance.

Cluster Pilot Project Objectives:

  • To enhance standards and best practices in the operation of community museums and archives and to enhance the visitor experience;
  • To develop individual and cluster strategic plans and to provide full-time professional staff to help implement these plans;
  • To build the capacity as a whole by undertaking collaborative projects; and
  • To increase the long-term sustainability of the organizations

Pilot Project Activities:

Phase 1 (November 2010 - March 2010)
Review of the current policies, procedures and visitor experience of individual organizations, and an assessment of the Cluster as a whole. This information will help develop individual and Cluster prioritized action plans for the next two years.

We are pleased to announce that Heritage Collaborative Inc. Opens in new window will be undertaking Phase 1. Based in Edmonton, Heritage Collaborative Inc. provides innovative planning, leadership and organizational services for cultural and heritage projects to a wide array of clients including rural and urban municipalities, provincial organizations, and non-profit groups. Bob Buckle is the principal consultant for the project and has extensive experience working in this province and across the country. Marilyn Dawe is the project associate and is well-known in the province for her work on numerous heritage sites, including both National and Provincial Historic Sites.

An Orientation Session will be held in Torrent River Inn, Hawke's Bay, on November 26 to introduce cluster members to the pilot project and meet the consultants.

Phase 2 (2011/12 and 2012/13)
A Heritage Development Specialist will be contracted to work with the Cluster, facilitating implementation of the action plans.

Phase 3 (Summer 2013)
A review will be undertaken at the end of the project to evaluate and report on outcomes.

Project Heritage Organizations:

This pilot project involves 13 community heritage organizations spanning from St. Anthony to Trout River. They are:

Also included in the Cluster are two Parks Canada Sites - L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Port au Choix National Historic Site, both of which will provide in-kind support including office space and technical expertise.

NOTE: Updates on the progress of the pilot project will be available on this site, so please check back regularly.

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