Time Machine

Time Machine is a training and development project to help new places build local partnerships and engage communities with their heritage.

Why are we doing this?

We know that Heritage Open Days can be a fabulous tool to engage people with their heritage and build lasting partnerships for further collaborative work within communities. Sometimes though, it can be tricky to know quite where to start, so Time Machine has been developed as a way to help places begin that journey. It's a stepping stone to the wider possibilities of the national festival, and a way to help them unlock their local potential by bringing different communities (business, residential, and heritage) together.

What's involved?

Participating towns work with a central coordinator who helps mentor and link them with other projects to share experiences and learn from one another. They also receive a distinctive branding toolkit to create marketing and publicity collateral. This includes a template list of suggested activity ideas to bring people together to co-curate a showcase, participation event or series of events. 

What's been happening?

Time Machine was first piloted by Rochdale Development Agency and Rochdale BID with Link4Life and Rochdale Pioneers Museum in 2019. A second project in Warrington was curtailed during COVID in 2020 and will be revisited in 2021 subject to restrictions being lifted. As town centres recover from the economic, cultural and social damage caused by COVID and adapt to new ways of delivering cultural events, Time Machine is being offered as an opportunity to bring stakeholders together in a post-pandemic world.

"As well as giving people opportunities to discover the richness of the heritage around them, Time Machine has built lasting partnerships. The event opened our eyes to the importance of how communities  themselves (business, heritage and voluntary) can be the drivers of positive change and transformation."  Paul Ambrose - Rochdale Business Improvement District Manager

Who's taking part?

This year Time Machine is running in:

  • Warrington, Cheshire
  • Knowle, West Midlands
  • Stowmarket, Suffolk