This blog is:

This blog is:
A living sketch book for the ideas generated during our Creative Halton Project in 2011. On this blog you will get to see the ideas as they pop up and see where the inspiration has come from. These are the ideas of the artists Beth Barlow and Jason Sheppard, informed by those we have spoken to. It has also grown to include the ideas sent to us by local residents . If you want to contribute please e mail

This blog is not:
A finished product. Many of the ideas here will be tested and seen to be the wrong for the place, time and its people. We hope that the ideas we take forward will be the correct ones, giving Runcorn a taste of its rich past, the positives in its present and notions about its future.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Little thoughts and ideas

  • A sculptural mobile unit to go into places we can't go and take on tours with us.
  • Something about Mrs Rutter's Basket. Mrs Rutter was talked about in Chris Darlington's book and the contents of her basket of the 60's mentioned. What would the modern day Mrs Rutter have in her basket?
  • Joke objects-in the past people sent apprentices and new employees for joke objects like a long stand or a tin or tartan paint. In these days of high technology what would the new joke items be?
  • Create something from Maurice Littlemore's version Runcorn Ferry.
  • Mapping the geograpically profoud shapes in Runcorn, like the golden triangle made from Church street, High street and Waterloo Road and the corner of life.
  • A short film featuring everybodies chosen objects.
  • A short film called "The Keepers of Social history" with footage of the people who tell the history of Runcorn.
  • A treasure hunt using geocaching.
  • A trail of leather good from tannery to tannery and exploring if leather could be a product of Runcorn's future.


  1. Collecting ideas for our mobile including:

    *Streaming live feeds
    *Webcams and CCTV cameras (as if we haven't already got enough of these)
    *Port forwarding and holes in firewalls
    *Talking to nice man, Matt in Maplin
    *Checking out toys...yes, it's a hard life.
    *Video receivers and transmitters

    sorry, are you still awake....well, this the make-up of our live footage which YOU control. Yes, you. Look into the past, present and future. Ask questions and be asked. Look into a world we usualy cannot see.

    'To IP or not IP, that is the question'.

  2. I was thinking that if there is a delay that would be nice. If we did a tour with it and then walked into a place showing the streaming video we could see ourselves arrive after we had arrived. I never was very good at timetravel scenarios so can't quite work out what that means but sure it will be freaky.