Welcome to CHART Scarborough

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For everyone interested in promoting and supporting culture, heritage and art in Scarborough, welcome to CHART Scarborough. Welcome, also, to our blog.

CHART Scarborough is an arts project which aims to put Scarborough’s creative activities – past and present – literally ‘on the map’. CHART Scarborough stands for Culture, Heritage and Art in Scarborough. Scarborough is full of creative people who are very passionate about promoting Scarborough as cultural hotspot – and rightly so, as there is a lot going on here now in the creative industries, digital media and the arts, with a long tradition of producing and nurturing homegrown creative talent and supporting innovation. Our project, which has funding from Arts Council England, aims to chart Scarborough’s creativity on a printed map and through the development of a website which will enable local people to produce their own cultural trails. But that’s the tip of the iceberg…. We want to get as many local people involved as possible as CHART Scarborough is about giving people who live here the chance to find out more about what’s happening creatively as well as providing access to their cultural heritage.

First off, I’ll introduce myself and some members of the team behind the project. I’m Dorcas Taylor, the person managing the project. Adrian Riley, Electric Angel Design, is providing the creative input via his design work and lateral thinking. We also have Paul Grahamslaw, Lighthouse Media & PR, working with us to ensure people are kept up to date with what’s going on. Wendy Clews, Chair of Scarborough Arts & Culture Forum and Director of Create Arts Development, is keeping us involved in the bigger picture, through her extensive connections across the Borough and the North Yorkshire region.

Now some background information. CHART Scarborough began life as Scarborough Arts Trail and was the brainchild of one of Scarborough’s Renaissance Action Groups – the Arts & Culture Forum. Since its inception the project has developed a host of ambitions which we hope will enrich the cultural life of Scarborough. (I’m not giving the game away yet. You’ll have to follow this blog to find out more….!)

This blog intends to keep you up-to-date with what’s happening as well as giving you an insight into our mental maps and how the project is literally mapped-out via the paths we follow to achieve a particular goal, the intersections when ideas converge and, even, the U-turns and dead ends. If you want to get in touch with us to give us your feedback as we begin this journey or have some information about creative activities happening in Scarborough of which we may not be aware, please email us on contact@chartscarborough.com.



  1. Kate
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    How about a Poet’s trail for National Poetry day, the 8th of October? I could probably muster some way marks and some poetry…

  2. Dorcas Taylor
    Posted September 29, 2009 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    At the moment I’m thinking we could perhaps have a poetry trail as our first ‘pilot’ trail once we have produced the map. It will also help us to clarify the relationship between the map which is at the root of CHART Scarborough, and the themed trails which can be ‘superimposed’ onto it which demonstrate the map’s flexibility. Having a ‘trail’ ready to go will also, I hope, galvanize others to submit ideas for cultural trails…

  3. Lisa Davies
    Posted October 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    The most fantastic thing about Scarborough is its rich in history/culture – ancient to modern day and unlike London and larger cities where it takes quite along time to walk to places and then around – here in Scarborough you don’t have to walk far to find it not only that you can take in the views of the buildings, sea, parks,entertainment, Hotels, B&Bs, views to the countryside, out to sea and its even got a castle which has re-enactments in the summer and below the old Town steeped in history with views out to sea bueatiful sunsets, take in the fresh air – there is something for everyone. For me Scarborough is rich in most types of culture from medieval, Roman, Viking etc the more I look the more i find can we have a map that not only takes in heritage trail, cultural quarter as well as all these types of history etc – its all one large area of culture from all ages – a chart that maps all of this out showing the architecure, people of all times, lifeboat stations, what the ship yards did – who sailed to Scarborough what did they bring? The different plants, Richard the 3 wall etc modern artists, old families names and how they contributed to the town, how the community works. Scarborough is one of the friendlist places on earth and what’s more it doesn’t take more that 5 minutes to find something for everyone and all parts link to each other making it easy for everyone and anyone to enjoy!

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