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An Apprentice’s Tale: A story of the North East

The Site 100 Places project has been commended by Historic England for our 2016 Historic England Angel Award application for An Apprentice’s Tale: A story of the North East.

The application was submitted as part of our SITE 100 places work which involved young people in the development and design of a digital tool to engage other young people in experiencing and exploring the heritage of the North East.

The steering group, working with digital developers Enigma Interactive, created a series of games based around the great inventors and innovators from the region, including Sir Joseph Swan whose levels you can enjoy in the app available on Android devices on the Play Store.

Historic England said this as part of our commendation:

“Heroic heritage projects like this make an important contribution to local and natural history, to the life of the local community and to the vital task of securing England’s rich and varied heritage for present and future generations.”

The Historic England Angel Awards are co-funded by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and supported by The Telegraph.

We would like to say thank you to Historic England and all those involved in the judging process for this commendation.


SITE 100 Places is a project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered in partnership between Northern Architecture and Youth Focus: North East.

The aim of the programme is to work with a group of young people to develop their knowledge and understanding of heritage and digital technology.
The young people involved in the project will narrow down a list of 100 heritage locations and places to just three. They will then work alongside a digital designer to create a digital resource tool. It is hoped that the tool will inspire other young people and members of the public to visit these iconic heritage sites.

Through their involvement with the project, young people will explore the fascinating history of the North East and will gain hands-on experience in using cutting edge technologies. They will also develop skills around consulting with members of the community, putting a creative brief together, recruiting a digital design team and working alongside them as the product is finished.

The group are also working towards an Arts Award qualification and in autumn 2015 a launch event will see the finished digital tool unveiled to the local arts, culture, and digital community.

For more information, contact [email protected].

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