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Contact Name: Sian Shakespear
Sian Shakespear has some 25 years experience of planning, creating and providing bilingual items (Welsh and English) in a variety of media to interpret places and topics. Each of the projects she has been involved with has required a sensitive approach towards place and people. For 13 of these years, she was the Interpretation Officer for the Countryside Council for Wales responsible for planning and implementing interpretation projects on the vast array of National Nature Reserves across Wales.
She enjoys working with groups of people in planning and implementing projects. She has worked with diverse groups at Caernarfon town, Pwllheli, Bethesda, Marine Lake Rhyl and Segontium Roman Fort Caernarfon and for these purposes, she has developed extensive facilitation skills. When commissioned to copywrite text or scripts she writes engaging text which communicates the message succinctly, after researching into the place or subject. She relishes rising to the challenge of being creative and innovative and always puts the visitor experience at the fore.
Throughout her career she has worked with a variety of contractors and has led and co-ordinated teams. Her practice is to draw teams together at regular stages throughout a project, to agree clear responsibilities and lines of communication. She devises timetables with milestones to ensure that work is completed according to schedule and to budget.
Y Dyfi Osprey Project - audience research and community consultation
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Extensive community workshops and consultative ‘drop-in’ sessions led to a comprehensive analysis of potential audiences and views from community groups in support of the successful Heritage Lottery Fund application for visitor developments at Cors y Dyfi.
Strategic interpretation plans - Cadw
Develop plans to guide Cadw and other interested organisations to interpret:
• The uprising of Owain Glyndwr,
• The chapels, churches and monastic landscapes of Wales.
Natural History and Heritage Trail - Marine Lake Rhyl
Marine Lake Users Forum & Denbighshire County Council
Devise and realise an interpretation plan utilising a range of media including gathering memories and photos during a drop-in session which formed a basis for a first-person audio commentary on site and a vivid mural of Rhyl funfair in its heyday.
Traditional Buildings Centre, Dinefwr Home Farm, Llandeilo
‘Tywi – a river through time’ Heritage Lottery funded landscape-scale project.
Plan and realise a multimedia interactive permanent exhibition which presents some of the traditional buildings of the area and the techniques used to maintain or renovate them.
Caernarfon – interpretation and marketing strategy
Gwynedd Council and client group
Extensive consultation with stakeholders and an audit of current marketing material and visitor signage led to a comprehensive strategy and then 8 information and interpretation panels.
Cae’r Gors, Kate Roberts Heritage Centre, Rhosgadfan
Cae’r Gors Heritage Centre Trust with Heritage Lottery funding
Compile an interpretation plan via workshops with the Trustees of Cae’r Gors, a quarryman’s cottage which was the home of famous Welsh author Kate Roberts. I researched, copy wrote, recorded and managed the production of all items: an introductory film on the life of Dr Kate, a static exhibition describing the influences on her work, touch screen interactive activities, sound effects and an audio commentary around the house.