Group looks to the future

Friends of Kinneil Blue Sky thinking

Members of the Management Committee of The Friends of Kinneil recently took part in a “Blue Sky” evening to begin to develop a longer term strategy and vision for consideration by the charity.

The committee selected key areas to explore and then identified where in the general approach that each item should be placed. The results of this evening are set out below with a key relating to the immediacy or otherwise of the item. This item is designed to first inform the outcome of this event and secondly to encourage further individual/collective thought about further items to add and practical routes to achieve what has been set out.

Ideas were brought forward on the basis of no restrictions on budget or indeed approval from building/land owners to do particular pieces of work – and should be seen as starting point for discussions about the future of Kinneil Estate. It was, after all, a blue sky thinking event.

What’s your view?

Email: info@kinneil.org.uk with your aspirations and big ideas for the estate.

KEY : (A) – Short Term (B) – Medium Term (C) – (Longer Term)

PALACE SECTION OF KINNEIL HOUSE

A

Protecting wall paintings (1st floor)

Blinds or Curtains
Restoration/replication/digimedia representation

A

Handrail and step warnings

 

A

Top Floor Displays

Revitalise the displays and create a more interesting visitor experience

A/B

Interpretation

Stands or other forms of information holder

B

Upgrade Systems/infrastructure

Heating/Lighting/Toilet facilities

B

Kitchen Display

Recreate or otherwise interpret original kitchen

B

Ghost Projection

Create special effect

C

Restore/re-open mid section

 

C

Use existing dormant rooms

 
     
     
     

ANTONINE WALL

A

Strategic Park status

Achieved but need to be sustained

A/B

Walking Trail

Incl Roman Mile

A/B

Roman Bo’ness

Roman Week, Leaflets, Book

A/B

Hadrian’s Wall link

And other frontiers/town twinning

A/B

Wider Bo’ness link

EG Bridgeness Slab, Carriden House

A/B

Visiting Scholars and others

Talks, Time Team, etc

B

Excavations

Incl DIY sandpit archaeology

C

Bust of Antonine

 

C

Mini Fortlet/relevant child based facilities

Child friendly Roman exploration

C

Roman Centre

In the House? Providing Interpretation

C

Wall Section

Rebuild a section for interpretation

     
     
     

PARK AND ESTATE

A

Rubbish/Improve general housekeeping

 

A

Plant life and general maintenance

Shrubs, gates, fencing, paths

A

Establish a use for No6 Cottage

Perhaps a base for activity or Friends of Kinneil

A

Ghost Walk

Develop information and create a walk

A

Bluebell Wood

Identify and develop wood

A

Bulb planting

 

A/B

Self Guided Digitours

Ipods, downloads, etc

A/B

Church and Church Yard

Improve area, make more visitor friendly

A/B

Hill Climb Infrastructure

Establish what is required and develop

A/B

Upgrade Signs and Paths

Include Information, locators and maps

A/B

Sport/Recreation and social facilities

Re-establish scope for wider use

ABC

Child friendly activities/Vandalism

Create activities to create positive value

B

Extend gravel drive to House entrance

 

B

Create Nature Trails

Incl signs, wildlife information, etc

B

Ranger Service

 

B

Trainee/Task Force Projects

 

B

Showcase Events

Concerts for example

B

Fair Day related events

 

B

Repair park walls

 

B

Tree survey

Incl fallen timber

B/C

Flood Lighting for front of the House

 

B/C

CCTV

Protect and improve park safety

B/C

Develop Crawyett area

 

B/C

Lost Village

Research and inform about Kinneil settlement

B/C

Restore House gardens

Or adapt to create specialist gardens

B/C

Picnic areas

Establish with infrastructure

B/C

Woodland and Ponds

Upgrade, improve and protect

B/C

AMAZING IDEA

Carve out draw for visitors – eg, Rose, Herb, Walled and/or Sensory Gardens

C

Sculptures

 
     
     
     
     

JAMES WATT COTTAGE

A

JW Letters

Locate and secure (even copies)

A

SRPS Link

 

A/B

JW Life History

 

A/B

JW Paintings/prints

Locate in house/museum

B/C

Costumed Interpreters

 

B/C

Museums/Science Centres link

Industrial revolution, how JW opened up the world, Horsepower, link with John Roebuck

B/C

Blueprint for other House people

John Roebuck, Dugald Stewart, James Hamilton, Duchess Anne, etc

C

Rebuild/re-create JW Cottage

Establish strong visitor attraction

C

Children’s Interpretation Centre

Science and Industry, link with local sites

C

Working model of steam engine

 
     
     
     

EXTERNAL MARKETING

A

Logo

Kinneil and/or Heritage

A

Idiosyncratic stories

“Love Kinneil”

A

Visitor Guides

Incl Kinneil

A

House Impact

Capitalise on the visual impact

A

End of the Wall role

Establish firm place for WHS

A/B

“Estate that changed the World”

Develop concept/strapline

A/B

Extend Interest

Journalists, schools, etc

A/B

Internal marketing

Recruit and support “Champions”

A/B

Photography Competitions

Photographer holiday breaks, Film location

A/B

Wider Liaison

Within and outwith Bo’ness

A/B

Vintage vehicles

Incl Steam

ABC

Link with other sites

Learn and use best practice

C

“Falkirk Wheel” Impact

Establish International reputation

C

Child Focus

Create child friendly role/facilities

     
     
     

FRIENDS OF KINNEIL

A

Appreciate Members

Activate Members – better involvement
Newsletter, Website, Surveys
Annual cycle of Member Events

A

“THE” Local Heritage Society

Link with like minded groups and establish central role

A/B

Target Schools

Educational events, etc

ABC

POW Image and practice

Positive, Open and Welcoming

B/C

Premises/Worker

Possible result of growth and ambition

     
     
     

TOWER SECTION OF KINNEIL HOUSE

ABC

Corporate Sponsors

Develop long/medium term sponsors

B

Natural Features

Emphasise and develop

B/C

Time Line

Various time lines can be developed but start with what we have

B/C

Overflow Options (visitors)

Nursery, Orchard

C

Restore/construct Tower Section

Flexible accommodation that can meet a variety of uses and needs – For Example : Restaurant/shop/entrance (ground)
Roman Historical Centre (First)
Bo’ness Historical Centre (Second)
General Historical/Gallery Space (Third)
Function/Conference Space (Top)

C

Restaurant

Café style by day, upmarket restaurant by night

C

Parking Management

Identify parking, traffic needs and options

C

Lifts and access

 

C

Evening Use

EG Concerts

C

Outdoor Café/Restaurant area