How to Disseminate the THING Project and Thing site information

4.1 Web-based material for the thing sites are being developed alongside this Strategy.

The intention is that a website developed by the Project will serve as an introductory portal to all the individual participating Thing places, linking via a front-page to the individual sites of the individual Things. A layout similar to that of the front page of is favoured.

4.1.1. Details about the THING Project itself are served currently by the website

4.1.2 A Basecamp web presence has also been set up for internal communication and dissemination between the Project’s partners and individual participants

4.1.3 A range of interactive Web 2.0 services are being tested for both internal communication and dissemination of information to a global community.

4.1.4 Fundamental to any web-based thing presence, whether project or sites-based, will be:

  • information about the Project or its sites;
  • activity/event  programmes and supporting information;
  • contact (both types of site) and travel details ( actual thing places);
  • frequent news and updates;
  • media pack;
  • high quality photography;
  • links;
  • uniformity of presentation to make for easy navigation around the websites – hence the importance of logos etc.

4.2 Printed materials may include:

  • targeted informational literature/publicity material designed to raise awareness about the Project itself and its activities and its website;
  • targeted informational literature/publicity material, as above, to raise awareness of the thing sites’ website and the satellite websites of the each of the things themselves.

How these might be produced and whether they will be distributed free of charge or on a cost-recovery basis need to be considered.

4.3 Conferences, workshops, seminars and teaching will be organised by the Project to:

  • raise awareness of the Project, its activities and resources and the individual thing sites;
  • act as a training focus for particular stakeholder communities e.g. local schools;
  • act as focus for more public dissemination of research, development, collections, standards, other strategic and substantive issues of interest to the THING Project and the wider stakeholding community;
  • make contact with and interact with other programmes and organisations working on shared themes e.g. Nottingham Thynghowe, TAP and NABO.

4.4 Exhibitions, films, drama and enactment, talks and other presentations are all means by which the Project can motivate people across the partner groups to develop and take part in some inspirational events focusing upon specific Thing places as seats of democracy and law and places of awe and admiration

4.5 The Project partners will need to assess their individual local dissemination needs with local stakeholders, identifying the information and resources necessary to maximise their contribution to the Thing project, developing relationships with the stakeholder groups and evaluating where and into which Thing Project activities input might most appropriately be solicited from local stakeholders.