Fort Scratchley, Newcastle
Commonwealth Department of Finance and Deregulation
Newcastle City Council
2009 Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Awards - Highly Commended for Interpretation and Presentation
The interpretation of the nationally significant Fort Scratchley Historic Site was one component of the major conservation project carried out at the site during 2006-2008 by the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Deregulation prior to the transfer of ownership to the Newcastle City Council. This work comprised extensive works to the buildings, structures and landscape in order to address deterioration of the fabric, as well as environmental and OHS issues.
International Conservation Services were engaged to develop an interpretive approach for the site. This required integration with the interpretation strategy for the surrounding Coal River Precinct (also listed on the NSW Heritage Register). It was necessary to work closely with the volunteer Fort Scratchley Historical Society, as well as with several other community groups with an interest in the Fort precinct.
For more information on the heritage of Fort Scratchley, and the restoration works to this site, click here.
Scope of Works
• Consultation with community stakeholders
• Preparation of an Interpretation Works Plan outlining a strategy for interpretation of the site
• Delineation of four access zones across the site so that interpretive devices could respond to the different visitor types and extent of guiding available to visitors in each zone
• Budget costing of proposed interpretation works
• Design and documentation of interpretive devices
• Preparation of strategy documents outlining principles for future development of exhibits, and guided tours
• Preparation of a maintenance manual for the interpretive devices
David Lawrence, Lauren Gray
Ian Trapnell, Fiona Tennant, Liz Holt, Ceri Kirkendoll, Eleanor Sampaga, Erin Watson
James Draper Models