Evaluation Consultant – Contract for Tender

Task – Heritage Linkworker Evaluation Consultant

Timescale – March 2022 – November 2023

Fee rate – £6,000 including VAT if payable and travel (it is anticipated that the work will be carried out online)

The Restoration Trust has a grant from Historic England for a project to enable local people who are referred to social prescribing services to access interesting heritage activities for their mental health and wellbeing. It is a pilot project whereby the Restoration Trust and Historic England are aiming to make heritage an integral part of provision for people with mental health problems.

The Consultant will write an Evaluation Report for the Steering Group. This will form part of our final report for Historic England.

Please contact Laura Drysdale, Director of the Restoration Trust, for more information about the project and how to apply, at laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

Deadline: Monday 28 February at 5pm

Interviews: Tuesday 8 March on Zoom

The Restoration Trust has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £248,910 for an exciting heritage project, Scaling Up Change Minds

The Restoration Trust has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £248,910 for an exciting heritage project, Scaling Up Change Minds.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project is a partnership between the Norfolk Record Office and the Restoration Trust that builds on successful Change Minds projects in Norfolk. Change Minds is a community heritage programme using archives for mental wellbeing and social connection. It connects isolated people with local heritage assets, creativity and each other so that their mental health improves.

Scaling Up Change Minds consists of an online resource hub and six Change Minds pilots involving around 80 people who live with mental health challenges. Wellbeing research will be led by the University of Dundee.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund with the Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation, the Hub will be a multi-media website managed by the Change Minds partnership of the Restoration Trust and Norfolk Record Office. It will contain advocacy, partnership formation, delivery and evaluation resources.

Six Change Minds iterations will test the Hub. They will involve up to 84 people from excluded backgrounds and diverse communities who live with mental health challenges.

The Hub will be enriched by the geographical and institutional spread of archives and their diverse mental health collaborators, with iterations at Norfolk Record Office, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, The National Archives, Bristol Archives, Lancashire Archives, and University of Dundee Archives. Wellbeing research will be led by the University of Dundee. The Scottish Council on Archives, the Richmond Fellowship and the University of East Anglia are involved as advisors and advocates.

The Restoration Trust is an organisation that involves people who live with mental health challenges in heritage and creativity. Scaling Up Change Minds focusses on using fascinating mental health and colonial archives to explore the history and impact of mental health and racism then and now.

Commenting on the award, Laura Drysdale, Director of the Restoration Trust said: “We are thrilled to have received this support for our Change Minds partnership with the Norfolk Record Office thanks to National Lottery players and are confident that the project will benefit the participants and contribute to our mission to make heritage an everyday asset for mental health and wellbeing.’

Notes to editors
About The Restoration Trust

We use heritage and creativity to improve people’s mental health. We call it Culture Therapy because exploring compelling archives or sensory immersion in ancient landscapes reignites people’s curiosity and love of life. www.restorationtrust.org.uk

Follow @RestoTrust on Twitter and Facebook

About The Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH)

Using donations from the public, we support projects which preserve Norfolk’s archival heritage, and which encourage people to engage with Norfolk’s archives to the benefit of their wellbeing.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £43 billion for projects and more than 635,000 grants have been awarded across the UK.

Each week, National Lottery players raise £36 million for good causes across the UK.

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Laura Drysdale at the Restoration Trust on 07740 844883, laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

Evaluation Consultant – Contract for Tender

Task – Scaling Up Change Minds Evaluation Consultant

Contract – £14,000

Timescale – March 2022 – April 2024

The Restoration Trust wishes to commission an Evaluation Consultant to evaluate the project in terms of the outputs and outcomes identified in our bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We are looking for an Evaluation Consultant who has a particular interest in the field of cross-sectoral initiatives in culture, health and wellbeing, and has experience of evaluating National Lottery Heritage Fund projects.

The Evaluation Consultant will be commissioned to review delivery of the Scaling Up Change Minds project in terms of achieving the outputs and outcomes described in our application to the Digital Skills for Heritage Connected Heritage fund and in the associated Project Plan. Evaluation will be: beneficial; robust; people-centred; connected (Centre for Cultural Value 2021).

The consultant will carry out preliminary research to establish context, creating a Theory of Change based on this research. This will be the basis for an Evaluation Plan approved by the Project Board, using mixed methods to collect data, including standardised data from local partnerships. Reports at 6 monthly intervals will be action learning resources for all partners. The final report will be part of our ultimate evaluation for the funder.

The following work packages will be evaluated: Project Management; Partnership processes and delivery; Digital Infrastructure; Co-production of Hub Resources; Delivery of Change Minds iterations; Communications and Advocacy; Business Planning.

This will involve reviewing: a) participation of partners, stakeholders, staff, consultants and volunteers; b) public engagement in events and online; c) quality of the Change Minds Hub; d) cost-effectiveness and efficiency of the Change Minds hub.

Outcomes to be assessed are: A wider range of people will be involved; People will have developed skills; People will have learnt about heritage, leading to change in ideas and action; The funded organisation will be more resilient.


Please contact Laura Drysdale, Director of the Restoration Trust, for more information about the project and how to apply, at laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

Deadline Friday 25 February at 5pm

Interviews Friday 11 March on Zoom

Heritage Link Worker job description

Job Title:                      Heritage Link Worker

Location:                      Great Yarmouth

Salary:                          £22,000 pro rata

Contract:                      Fixed term 2 Years (4 days a week) from March 2022

Reporting to:                Restoration Trust Project Manager

The Restoration Trust has a grant from Historic England to pilot a Heritage Link Worker role that will be a way for local people who are referred to social prescribing services to access interesting heritage activities for their mental health and wellbeing.

It is a pilot project and there will be opportunities to suggest, develop and implement ideas which will forward the Restoration Trust and Historic England’s aim to make heritage an integral part of provision for people with mental health problems.

We welcome applications from people from black, brown and minoritised communities, as they are under-represented in our organisation, and also from people who have lived experience of mental health challenges. 

Job Description

This role will involve connecting people with heritage activities in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, so that we can support people living with mental health problems by encouraging their participation in heritage. We believe that enjoyable experiences of heritage will strengthen people’s sense of belonging to their place and community. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • To work across the Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council areas, including in the Heritage Action Zones in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
  • Co-locate with our Social Prescribing Health partners in the locality, providing dedicated time to referrals, sharing information with other Link Workers, linking referrals to heritage activities and assisting sustained contact between referrals and these activities.
  • Connect with primary care and wellbeing services, collaborating as part of the wider multi-disciplinary structure within the locality.
  • Build relationships with social prescribing networks and local Voluntary, community and social enterprises (VCSE), encouraging partnerships to develop new heritage-related opportunities. 
  • Connect and build relationships with key heritage and associated agencies such as our funders Historic England and agencies including the Broads Authority, Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust and local museums, archaeology and archives services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
  • Contribute to the Restoration Trust’s mapping of local heritage and related resources, and of health and social care referrers, thereby identifying gaps and opportunities.
  • Gather data for Evaluation, assist in active learning and assessing the impact of the project on the health and community engagement of people who have used the service (following the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018)
  • Contribute to reports and documents created by the project, including to Historic England, as part of Evaluation, and developing guidance on heritage engagement for social prescribing.

Job Requirements

  • A keen desire to support people, especially those dealing with mental health problems.
  • Good people skills and the ability to quickly connect with others to get them the help they need.
  • Experience of supporting people in community, health, social care or information and advice settings.
  • A sound knowledge of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Area and of local heritage
  • An interest in history and in working to involve a wider range of people with heritage. 
  • Ability to work flexibly from home and in other locations.
  • Ability to learn quickly and understand what you need to do within your role.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Good IT skills with the ability to find and record information quickly and efficiently.
  • GCSEs in English and Mathematics will be advantageous.
  • Good organisational and communication skills.


Apply with a CV and covering letter by email to laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

Closing date for applications Monday 31st January at 5pm.

Interviews online Friday 18th February.

Heritage Link Worker in post before Friday 1st April.

Burgh Castle Almanac report – produced by Jane Willis of Willis Newson

We are delighted to publish the final evaluation report of Burgh Castle Almanac, produced by Jane Willis of Willis Newson for ourselves and the Broads Authority. 

“So yeah, the future definitely looks positive. I feel happier in myself. I’ve got a sense of wellbeing back. I’m not lonely anymore. I look at life in a different way. I feel healthier. Mentally healthy. I haven’t had a panic attack now for probably nearly two years. I feel like I’ve been given a new lease of life.”

You can find the report posted in our publications page found here.



The Burgh Castle Almanac wellbeing walking group has been in existence since 2018. Over three successful years, working with the Norfolk Archaeological Trust and local mental health services, the BCA has met every fortnight. We are often joined by artists, archaeologists, naturalists and musicians, who enrich members’ enjoyment of the Burgh Castle site, while also helping to encourage positive mental health.

In 2019, the BCA began making our own film about the Burgh Castle Almanac’s activities, The Return of Happy Times, with local filmmaker Julian Claxton. With Covid restrictions relaxed, we are starting to present screenings of the film throughout Norfolk and Suffolk. We hope that other parts of the country will take up the BCA model for wellbeing groups, and the film is seen as a major factor in achieving that aim.

After the screening, there will be a Q and A with BCA members. Tickets are FREE and can be obtained through Eventbrite via The Forum’s web page about the event: https://theforumnorwich.co.uk/whats-on/the-return-of-happy-times-film-screening?start_time=2021-11-26T15.00.

The Restoration Trust to receive £33,100 from third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

“Thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund, we’ve been able to grow our services and make them fit for the future. This award means especially that we can invest in social prescribing initiatives that use Norfolk and Waveney’s amazing cultural assets for mental health and community connection.”

Director, Laura Drysdale

The Restoration Trust has received a grant of £33,100 from the Government’s latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover from the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Hundreds of arts, heritage and cultural organisations across England will receive a share of £107 million from the additional £300 million announced by the Chancellor at March’s budget for the Culture Recovery Fund, bringing the total cash support package made available for culture during the pandemic to close to £2 billion.

This award will enable us to grow our support for people living with mental health problems to enjoy heritage and creativity to improve their mental health and community connections.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.  Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

The latest awards will continue to safeguard our most precious heritage and regional museums across the UK.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:

“This latest round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has provided much-needed further support for Heritage sites, attractions and organisations as they move forward with their exciting plans to engage, entertain and educate us all.  The UK’s heritage has faced unprecedented times, and investing in the Heritage sector remains vitally important to driving tourism, supporting our wellbeing and making our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live.”

Today’s announcement follows the second round of the Heritage Stimulus Fund – part of the Culture Recovery Fund – delivered by Historic England. Supporting 142 locations with a total of £35 million, historic sites will benefit from an injection of cash for vital repairs and major restoration work.

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive, Historic England said:

“The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage schemes and the Heritage Stimulus Fund administered by Historic England continue to provide essential support for heritage and the arts across the country. The latest recipients indicate the breadth of organisations that are being saved as we emerge from the effects of COVID on our sector.”

The Restoration Trust’s Creatively Minded and Heritage report published today

“I’d recommend it wholeheartedly, even if you’re only a little bit interested I mean in any sort of history, then yes. All I can focus on is, it’s just giving me back my imagination.” Dr Hill’s Casebook, a Restoration Trust project 

You can download the PDF by clicking HERE.

Today a new report by The Restoration Trust, Creatively Minded and Heritage, is being published by the Baring Foundation.

The report provides an overview, through 18 case studies, of how heritage and arts organisations are drawing on a wide range of heritage assets and art forms to support people’s mental health and promote community connections.

Creatively Minded and Heritage includes examples of organisations across the UK working with people with mental health problems from the fields of archaeology, local history, natural and historic environments and a particularly rich seam of work in archives, often working with people with experience of mental health problems to explore the stories of patients who were unable to tell their own.

Laura Drysdale, Director of the Restoration Trust says:

“Heritage brings such significant added value for creativity and mental health programmes that it should be a core resource for people looking for mental health treatments, and for heritage, creativity and mental health professionals developing cross-sectoral social prescribing programmes.

It makes sense to marry a mental health system where demand is overwhelming supply, with heritage assets where there is a plentiful supply.”

The report calls for:

  • heritage organisations to ask themselves how they could use their places, people and collections to deliver more brilliant mental health and creativity projects
  • heritage and creativity projects to be widely available as a mental health prescription and for heritage/creative providers to be paid
  • universities to continue progress in collaboration and research that meets cross-sectoral needs; and
  • funders and national organisations to fund flexibly, share best practice and urge others including the Government to see heritage as a mental health asset.

This is the latest in the Baring Foundation’s Creatively Minded series which explores different areas of arts and mental health activity in the UK.

We will be holding a short launch for the report on 23 November at 3pm online. You can register here.

“I’d recommend it wholeheartedly, even if you’re only a little bit interested I mean in any sort of history, then yes. All I can focus on is, it’s just giving me back my imagination.” Dr Hill’s Casebook, a Restoration Trust project

“Why should the people who’ve never visited a land be that country’s prime historians? I think any mental health archive is incomplete until those who have been labelled ‘mad’ tell their side.” Dolly Sen, Artist and Activist, who has been working with the Wellcome Collection’s mental health archives. “All those years of thinking about this place as a landscape I had to navigate my way through in fear, that was causing me harm, has now changed, I now see the beauty of the border landscapes, I am more at ease within myself.” Jim, a veteran with PTSD from serving during The Troubles in Northern Ireland who took part in Belfast Exposed’s therapeutic photography and archive project.