Sherford New Community - Community Engagement

Wessex Archaeology in partnership with The Sherford Consortium and AECOM

 

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Project background

The Sherford Consortium, the network of homebuilders responsible for the development of the Sherford new community, commissioned Wessex Archaeology in collaboration with AECOM to organise and host a community open day at the Sherford site. The objective was to allow the public and press to see the archaeological works in progress and through doing so add value to the new South Hams community, by generating understanding around how the landscape and peoples have changed over time and fostering a sense of place through shared heritage assets.
 

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Implementation

Wessex Archaeology supported by AECOM, Plymouth Museum and Devon County Council delivered a community open day on site. The community open day enabled local residents to engage with the archaeological works and discover more about their local environment. Over 860 people attended the event where they were able to view the excavation area; talk to the site archaeologists; engage with Plymouth Museum’s display and for children there was the opportunity to take part in mini excavations. 
 
High quality display and promotional material were produced by Wessex Archaeology’s specialist graphics team for the event. These materials included information panels, leaflets, posters and a promotional flyer. In addition a project webpage was created on the Wessex Archaeology website and a successful social media strategy was implemented across several platforms.
 

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Outcomes

The community open day was positively received by the local community and the local media. The positive reception of the open day has reflected well on the Sherford Consortium and has therefore facilitated positive local engagement with the development.
 
A very impressive turnout on Saturday at Sherford.’ – Chris Ruse, Hon Chair Plymouth & District Archaeological Society