We have used arts and heritage as an engagement tool for working with our community on many local projects, from researching the social history of Port Glasgow to assisting with the refurbishment of a historic steamship replica or exploring the story behind our local football team.
All our projects are based on a model of informal education with all volunteers and pupils involved gaining some form of accreditation for their work. We have also created local jobs through the projects with the support of Inverclyde Council and Heritage Lottery Fund.
Most recently, we worked with dozens of volunteers and almost every school in the area on a two year project which explored migration to and from Inverclyde over 200 years. The project created 20 short films, an archive website, 8 booklets, 6 exhibitions a family scrapbook and a 64 page Graphic Novel. Over twenty thousand books and leaflets were distributed for free by the project. All materials were researched, written, designed, illustrated and produced by local volunteers and young people on local paid employment programmes.
All of our project books and materials from Identity and our previous projects can be read and downloaded for free via our SCRIBD bookshelf http://www.scribd.com/DutchGableHouse
Our Comet Rebuilt blog, which follows the 18 month restoration project of the Comet Steamship replica, can also still be viewed at http://cometrebuilt.blogspot.co.uk/
You can view an evaluation of our most recent heritage project Identity below