Now in its second year, Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697 is becoming an established festival for Paisley as well as a major resource for schools, community and other groups/individuals wishing to learn about Renfrewshire’s unique history.
Learning from Salem in the USA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem,_Massachusetts), the RWH1697 team are convinced of the usefulness of themed visitor attractions as a major economic regeneration tool. Our USP is that local people are researching, learning about and sharing the story with others themselves. Our approach therefore delivers social impact (involving people with disabilities, mental health issues and carers in meaningful projects is the new model of social work) and educational benefits too (see our schools section on the website for the curriculum for excellence ready learning resources for teachers and school pupils).
With growing partnerships in Museums, Schools, Social Work, Creative Renfrewshire Network, Education Services, Tourism and the BIDS group; with a drop in exhibition space and retail unit in the Paisley Centre (Unit 17) and in line with the current heritage assets strategy review being developed by Renfrewshire Council, RWH1697 is confident that we have a powerful tool which will be of benefit to the whole region if we can develop a robust partnership approach