Cornerstone Praxis
  • 6 Historical research
  • 6 Heritage strategy
  • 6 Interpretation
  • 6 Digital heritage

Cornerstone Praxis is a heritage research-practice unit that works with heritage organisations to deliver a range of heritage activities from original research to multimedia interpretation. Our expertise covers multiple disciplines including heritage studies, history, geography, tourism, theatre and performance, design and digital media.

Based at the University of Plymouth we are able to pull together specialist interdisciplinary teams to deliver projects tailored to your specific setting and requirements. From site and collections investigations, exhibitions, events and trails through to graphic design and printing, locative apps, or virtual and augmented reality immersive experiences, we help to deliver heritage interpretation in line with modern trends and the ever changing requirements from the visitor.

We aim to involve our students in all our projects, putting real-world experience at the heart of teaching, learning and the student experience.

Activities 

The types of activities Cornerstone can deliver include:

  • project management inc. bid writing
  • heritage management planning
  • heritage interpretation strategy
  • interpretation materials inc. digital platforms
  • activity plans for schools and specialist groups
  • desk-based reviews
  • stakeholder analysis
  • building/site historical research (reports)

Benefits of working with us:

Our roots within an interdisciplinary research group within the wider University of Plymouth community enable us:

  • to access a wide range of internationally-rated expertise (both within the Cornerstone Heritage group and the wider University community).
  • to bring together multidisciplinary teams of experts tailored to individual projects.
  • to offer an educational component through engagement with students (this is often a criteria of heritage funding).


Cornerstone Praxis Manager – Andrew Thompson

Andrew's recent work across the SW includes interpretation strategies for the Looe Valley Trails feasibility studies, a learning project for the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and producing Activity and Interpretation plans for the successful HLF Stage 2 application for the Tavistock Guildhall Gateway Centre project.

He is also a Visiting Research Fellow in History at Plymouth and teaching heritage and public history and has a proven track-record working with Cornerstone Heritage on commissioned work.

Core staff