The overall aims and objectives of the project are to restore, conserve and exhibit an historically important carved wooden screen donated to Newton Abbot museum in 2008, and to involve the local community with many arts-related workshops inspired by the decorative carvings of the screen. All engaged with the project will learn new skills, discover more about the screen and town history, meet people and have fun!


Aims: the changes we hope to achieve as a result of our project.

  1. To restore and conserve Sandford Orleigh Screen, a Renaissance carved oak screen, currently assembled as a fireplace mantle.
  2. To erect the conserved Sandford Orleigh Screen in a place where it can be seen by the public
  3. To ensure the future care, maintenance and security of the screen
  4. To discover more about the screen as a piece of Renaissance art
  5. To increase the knowledge and awareness of the screen amongst the people of Newton Abbot
  6. To increase the art knowledge and art skills-base of the people of Newton Abbot
  7. To utilise the project activities to enable the mentoring of a new artist
  8. To increase the wider public awareness of Newton Abbot using the Sandford Orleigh Screen as a Unique Selling Point
  9. To draw together and strengthen community ties, young and old, in Newton Abbot through the art and other activities associated with the project
  10. To utilise the project process as an exemplar for future project work in Newton Abbot.


Objectives : the activities we intend to undertake to bring these changes about

  1. To employ a team professional conservators of carved and polychromatic wood (Aim 1)
  2. To discuss and agree on a permanent location for the restored screen (Aim 2)
  3. To negotiate and ensure budgets/financing for the future, long-term proper care, maintenance and security of the screen (Aim 3)
  4. To employ a professional / knowledgeable, art / furniture historian to identify the iconography and establish a date and maker of the screen (Aim 4)
  5. To enable the community to actively engage with some of the restoration process and so better understand wood conservation techniques. (Aim 4 and 5)
  6. To employ a team of Art workers to plan, prepare, manage and evaluate workshops throughout the conservation period of the project (Aim 5 and 6)
  7. To facilitate talks to the public by artists and specialists to enable wider understanding of the screen by the Newton Abbot community.(Aim 5 and 6)
  8. To further the career of a local new artist by offering mentoring by the established artists employed in the project. (Aim 7
  9. To write articles, give interviews, invite the media to all significant aspects of the project (Aim 8)
  10. To display the works and outcomes of the project during and after the event (Aim 8)
  11. To utilise a community-based photographer to photograph and/or film the various processes of conservation throughout the project. (Aim 8)
  12. To ensure as wide a range of individuals and groups are invited and encouraged to become involved in the activities arranged through the project (Aim 8 and 9)
  13. To keep the community and other interested parties updated and informed through the use of the dedicated website/ Twitter / Facebook etc. (Aim 9)
  14. To evaluate the project’s success through Project Team updates throughout the project and surveys amongst the public. (Aim 10)
  15. To record the project through amateur photographs, project diaries, school work and communication from participants (Aim 10)


Measures: the ways we intend to show the aims have been successful.

  1. Number of workshops held and number of participants attending (Objective 5)
  2. Number of talks given and number of participants attending (Objective 7)
  3. Number of new artists mentored by established artists (Objective 8)
  4. Number of articles, interviews, Press releases etc used by the media. (Objective 9)
  5. The number of hits on the HOO web / Facebook / Twitter sites (Objective 13)
  6. Attendance at the exhibition of the restoration of the panels/screen (Objectives 10, 11, 12)