Chatterley Whitfield Friends (Formal partners)
Chatterley Whitfield Friends have been working on the site and campaigning for its restoration since the early 2000s. It is thanks to them that much of the material and documentation that remained on site after the closure of the museum in 1993 has been saved. They have established a heritage centre that houses the archive and exhibitions, and have gained limited, legal access to the site for guided tours which routinely sell out.
Members' connections to the site are varied, and as a consequence they have a wealth of both experience and different expertise. Many remember or were involved in the unique museum that existed on site between the late 1970s and early 1990s; others are from families with a history of mining in North Staffordshire, some grew up in the shadow of Chatterley Whitfield's structures. As a result, there is community memory not just of Chatterley Whitfield as a colliery, but of its subsequent history, and the Friends have done much to revive interest in this internationally important heritage site.
Gainsborough Heritage Association
Gainsborough Heritage Association is a registered charity, founded 25 years ago in 1994. The Association's mission is to protect, preserve and promote the towns rich and vibrant past for future generations. We are working with GHA on the West Burton Power station site, located just a few kilometres away on the banks of the river Trent.
Friends of the New Forest
The Friends of the New Forest are dedicated to protecting and restoring the unique character of the ancient medieval landscapes between the Solent and Southampton water in Southern England, and their internationally important habitats and biologies. Its members promoted the 1877 New Forest Act to secure its future and are now the voice for the New Forest National Park – its friend and watchdog. They recognise the many factors that have shaped the Forest we know today and in particular the importance of the commoning system in maintaining its landscape.
Today there are still many issues to be addressed: controlling development, more affordable housing, commoners’ housing for rent, removing overhead cables, road clutter, tranquility, aircraft noise, the future of ancient woodland, timber Inclosures, heaths and wetland are just a few of our campaigns. The Friends give their members an effective voice on this wide range of New Forest issues, and this has included campaigns against the controversial development of the Fawley Power Station site for housing. As a community group at the forefront of a contested ongoing decommissioning project, their experiences will provide the project with important insights into the current problems of decommissioning processes for local communities.
Urban Wilderness CIC
Urban Wilderness is a local community interest company with proven success in co-producing projects with young people living in areas of urban deprivation. Co-directors Laurel Gallagher, Isla Telford and Jenny Harper practice ‘collaborative placemaking’; conversations, physical interventions and public events that interrupt habitual relationships between people and places. These acts are documented as co-created narratives, challenging negative perceptions of brownfield land and young people living in areas of urban deprivation.
Photographs, short films and installations are shared with local communities, arts audiences and academics, raising issues such as children's rights to play and access to urban nature.