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Firm Foundations Programme 2022

21st January 2022 at 9:30 am - 11th March 2022 at 6:30 pm

A yellow hard hat and neon gilet sit on a table; the hat bears a sticker reading 'FIRM FOUNDATIONS'

The Firm Foundations Programme is a course for people about to embark on a capital development project in the heritage sector. Firm Foundations offers attendees the opportunity to learn from respected professionals and to gain candid and exclusive insights into the industry and how it works, from procurement and project management to risk management and contracting. 

Attendees will be able to share ideas and challenges in a supportive, inclusive and confidential environment, with support from experts and peers. This course is held online over three months with delegates learning in a relaxed atmosphere. There is an optional fourth day that will take delegates on an exclusive site visit. 



Day 1: Friday 21st January 2022 9.30am – 4.30pm 

Day 2: Friday 28th January 2022 9.30am – 4.30pm 

Day 3: Monday 14th February 2022 9.30am – 4.30pm 

Day 4: Friday 11th March 2022 tbc (optional) 



Days 1-3 will take place via Zoom. Day 4 will be an optional site visit to a location in or near to Cornwall. 


Why Undertake Firm Foundations 

 In a time of reducing budgets and increasing expectations, Firm Foundations will ensure you are able to make the most of your resources, delivering greater impact for your stakeholders. 

Undertaking the Firm Foundations programme demonstrates to funders your commitment to efficiently and effectively delivering a sustainable and impactful project. 

The Firm Foundations programme can help to reduce the risk to your organisation by providing the tools, confidence and skills required to deliver large and complex projects. 

Working in an open, supportive and collaborative environment, Firm Foundations will enable delegates to build effective networks of peers and experts to draw on. 

“What’s been great is how open and honest everyone has been and I don’t feel alone in this now” – Elisa Harris, Krowji 


What to Expect on the Course 

Days 1-3 consist of online masterclasses tailored to giving you access to sector experts and putting your learning into practice in an engaging virtual atmosphere. There will be follow-on learning from each day in the form of self-guided videos and resources, informal evening events and watch parties. 

 Day 1 asks: are you really ready? You’ll have the opportunity to share your project with your peers and work on defining and communicating your vision for maximum impact with our inspiring workshop leader. You’ll be reminded of the need for good governance and leadership. We’ll explore grant funding options to maximise your potential for success and we’ll give you a roadmap to make sure you know what to expect from the whole process from vision to delivery.  

Day 2 is all about the nuts and bolts: our experts will guide you through the construction journey and explain what your team needs to look like – who does what, when and why. We’ll help you identify and manage risks and talk you through sustainable procurement practices. In an informal evening chat later that week, you’ll get to hear what really happens during a capital project and have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to! 

Day 3 picks up where Day 2 left off. We’ll explain how to make sure your project stays on time and on budget – and what to do if you’re going off course. We’ll hear from the experts on what you need to know about planning and building consent. Then we’ll focus on the user experience and how to factor that in throughout your planning. 

Day 4 (optional) is your chance to see the final outcome of at least one major capital project and to learn from the experiences of those involved, both client and contractors. We’ll have a site tour and the chance to ask questions about what the process was really like. We’ll have a celebratory lunch and hear from an inspiring speaker, as well as meeting some of our experts and other attendees in real life. Full details of Day 4 will be announced soon. 


 What Will you Gain 

 Essential knowledge and skills to enable your organisation to design and deliver a successful project. You will learn how to create a firm foundation on which to launch a project and understand the complexities of working with funders, consultants, a design team, contractors, the planning authority and the community. 

We will provide you with practical tools and resources and, through a strong supportive network of experienced colleagues and professionals, you will gain the confidence needed not just to survive the process, but to thrive… 



 We offer three price bands depending on the type of your organisation. Tickets are for either the three-day online masterclass, or four days including a behind-the-scenes site visit with lunch and talks. 

  3 days online  4 days with site visit 
A: Charities with turnover < £500k  £672  £896 
B: Charities with turnover > £500k  £1,068  £1,424 
C: Private sector  £1,788  £2,384 


Early bird tickets 

 Early bird tickets will be available for a limited time at a discount of 20% off full ticket prices. 

  3 days online  4 days with site visit 
A: Charities with turnover < £500k  £520  £693 
B: Charities with turnover > £500k  £890  £1,186 
C: Private sector  £1,490  £1,986 


If you have any further questions please get in touch with our Museum Development Officer, Stephanie, via email at stephanie@cornwallmuseumspartnership.org.uk.



21st January 2022 at 9:30 am
11th March 2022 at 6:30 pm
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