Thursday, 29 March 2012

ENGAGE Publicity!

The publicity surrounding ENGAGE has been spreading- below is the recent advert/article on the Merseyside travel and transport website

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


The ENGAGE group came together on Friday the 23rd of March.  The aim of the meeting was to progress the work and gather further ideas in relation to the responses that have been received.  We now have approximately 48 responses to the questionnaire.  This has given us a massive resource to begin working on, and to visually respond to.  Theme areas were discussed and a potential focus for the layout of a digital booklet.  It is proposed that a digital booklet will give us an achievable goal within the near future and the current time-scale of this stage of the ENGAGE project.  As well as the publication of the digital booklet online and using new media, it is envisioned that this will also give a platform to develop further and future stages of 'ENGAGE the Trail'. 

The idea is that we will use some of the theme areas discussed during meeting, create a series of images (digital pages), then finish any publication (digital booklet) with images/text of volunteers looking after and maintaining the trail.  This would simply highlight some of the positive areas that people have discussed and respond to those who have said negative elements.

Sketch/Design/Example proposed for the potential layout of the digital booklet.

The ENGAGE group are individually considering how they would like to visually respond to some of these theme areas with a future Trail visit arranged for the 10th of April during the Easter break.

Many thanks to those who have already responded to the questionnaire and your involvement in 'ENGAGE the Trail'.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Meeting Notes Friday 16th March 2012

  • General discussion to the progression of the project and an opportunity to acknowledge the public responses that have been submitted through the questionnaire.  
Potential image creation options in response to feedback...
  • Use of individual words in relation to random images captured.
  • Historical context- 'Hidden History'.
  • Addressing the human need for space. (Typology)
  • Transport Link and routes to work.
It was also discussed to potentially approach and photograph one of the clean up/workdays. 

(Ref: Typology- A systematic classification or study of types.)

Many thanks to all those who have responded to the questionnaire so far.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

ENGAGE the Weather

'ENGAGE the Weather' is back on!  Tab at the top of the page.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Updates to the Blog/Site

Recent updates to the Blog/Site include...

  • New web address of
  • ENGAGE The Date... keep up to date with planned events, meetings, trail visits and the overall progression of the project. (tab menu at the top of the page)
  • ENGAGE the Weather... if you're planning on walking, cycling, jumping on horse back or out taking photos... be prepared! (tab menu at the top of the page)  The Met Office Widget didn't work very well!

Monday, 12 March 2012


ENGAGE an Audience.

Since we went officially live on Friday (9/3/12 -approx 3pm) with a request for a response from the general public and those who use the Trail, there have been 28 responses to the questionnaire and over 60 hits on the Blog site.  Many of those who have responded to the questionnaire have also submitted an email address, indicating that they would like to be kept up to date with the developments of ENGAGE.  This, in combination with the potential of some form of installation on the trail and links within the TPT and Sustrans Sites, means we have a sizeable audience for the project and photographic work.

ENGAGE Profile.

As a group we now have web address which links directly to the ENGAGE Blog/site.

ENGAGE Photography Brief.

I will be uploading a link to the photography brief on the main Blog so that members of the public have a reference to the work that is being produced.

ENGAGE Meeting.

I'm hoping that the ENGAGE group can gather this Friday 16/03/12 at 1.30pm, J316?  The meeting has a simple agenda.

·         Creativity, idea generation and individual project development in response to the questionnaire.
·         Setting out the timescale for the project.
·         Planning future field visits to the Trail.

Once again, many thanks for all your involvement in ENGAGE.  I hope the students at St Helens College see this as an opportunity to advance their individual professional development and practice.  Also thank you to all the members of the public and Trail users who have shown an interest in ENGAGE.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Photos by Luke Martley

Further photos from the recent visit to the Trail between Birkdale and Southport.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Photos by Alison Maher

Further photos from the recent visit to the Trail between Birkdale and Southport.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Photography by John Callaghan: ENGAGE the Trail (Trips)

Photography by John Callaghan: ENGAGE the Trail (Trips): Recent images (24/02/12) taken on a visit to the Trail. Part of the ENGAGE project.