Brierley Hillness website now LIVE

Dear all

The Brierley Hillness Project is delighted to tell you about our new on-line project archive and community engagement toolkit.



In 2011 the Brierley Hillness community arts and heritage project sought to find out if people in Brierley Hill shared the belief that the character of Brierley Hill , evident in its historic buildings, should not only be preserved, but used to inspire and inform regeneration and future design in the town. 

Through the project we engaged with over 1000 people through a combination of creative workshops, events and survey work with an emphasis on the buildings, spaces and memorable places that make the town distinctive. 360 local people actively contributed to an understanding of what ‘Brierley Hillness’ means to help developers of the future understand what is unique and special about their town.

The site is for anyone with an interest in the social history and culture of Brierley Hill, and to stakeholders in the town, both public and professional, who want to find out what local people think about where they live, work and shop.

Based on the Brierley Hillness project case study, we have also produced a community engagement toolkit which is aimed at professionals working in regeneration, town planning and the historic environment, and across the wider cultural sector. It may be useful for anyone looking to engage and consult with communities in a creative way using arts and heritage.



This site includes the project archive of live performance, oral history, and the community‚Äôs creative responses and thoughts about Brierley Hill. It also features film documentaries, written evaluation and downloadable resources. We share lessons learnt from using nine different participatory approaches to engage with Brierley Hill communities.   

As stakeholders in the town, can I draw your attention to the following sections which may be of particular interest to you: 

Brierley Hillness was led and funded by the English Heritage Outreach team in partnership with Dudley Arts Council, Artspace Brierley Hill, Dudley Performing Arts, Brierley Hill Community Forum, the Adult and Community Learning Service at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and in collaboration with Audiences Central and the Public Art Unit at DMBC. It ran from January until the end of June 2011.



For further information contact Suzanne Carter, The Community Collaboration Company. Email:


With best wishes



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