University of Leicester to support major community heritage project

Posted by er134 at May 20, 2013 11:01 AM |
Project will bring together community to learn about the history of their local area

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 May 2013

Community volunteers will be delving into the history of their local area alongside heritage experts, thanks to a new research project led by the Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust and supported by the University of Leicester.

The Leicestershire Victoria Heritage Trust has been granted £363,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out the four year long Charnwood Roots Project, which will be based in the University of Leicester’s School of Historical Studies.

The heritage project is the first of its kind in Leicestershire, and will explore the history of thirty-five towns and villages in and around Charnwood Forest and Loughborough.

As part of the project, hundreds of local volunteers will receive free training by historians and heritage professionals. As well as learning how to use and interpret maps and archival records, volunteers will get involved in archaeological digs, a major oral history project, and building and landscape surveys.

The project’s base at the University of Leicester will give researchers access to expertise across a number of academic departments, including the internationally acclaimed Centre for English Local History.

Dr Andrew Hopper from the University of Leicester’s School of Historical studies, said: “We are delighted to be contributing to Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust’s Charnwood Roots project. Members of the public will have a rare opportunity to take part in a research project about their own local area and learn new skills from specialists in the field.

“The great value of this project is that it will combine academic expertise with community involvement and local knowledge. The volunteers will be shaping the project and the stories that will be told to future generations about Charnwood’s history.”

Results from the project will be available on the internet, through podcasts, exhibitions, talks, educational resources for schools, walking trails and a concluding Charnwood Roots Heritage Festival. The intention is then to incorporate the new research within the Victoria History of the Counties of England, a nationally important work of reference.

Work is due to begin in the summer. Anyone who would like find out more or take part in this exciting project is invited to contact charnwoodroots@leicester.ac.uk or ring Dr Julie Attard,  Charnwood Roots Project Development Officer, on 0116 252 5946.

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About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported over 30,000 projects, allocating £4.5 billion across the UK. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

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