England, London & South: delegated decisions March 2023

England, London & South: delegated decisions March 2023

Schedule of decisions under delegated powers for England, London & South on 24 March 2023. 

National Lottery Grants for Heritage


'Golden Threads: In conversation with...'

Applicant: An-Nisa Society

Project description: produce a book of conversations with prominent authors and cultural advocates about their work in a bid to increase awareness of different people, society and cultural traditions of the British Muslim community.

Decision: Reject


Travelling Together - South West Museum Journeys towards Inclusion and Collaboration

Applicant: Bristol City Council

Project description: develop and deliver a programme of training and learning resources to support inclusion, collaboration and resilience in museums.

Decision: award £121,760


Sustainable development of the Italian Garden at Great Ambrook

Applicant: The Italian Garden at Great Ambrook C.I.C.

Project description: extensive capital works, workshops and events and, through new planting, support for biodiversity and the environment.

Decision: award £188,050


Heritage activities development fund

Applicant: TheraTeds (SMW) CIC

Project description: heritage crafts workshops, oral histories, restoring a large collection of antique books, and creating a weekly memory cafe for people who have dementia.

Decision: Reject

Grant Award: £30,000



Applicant: Kent County Council

Project description: introducing wider audiences to the geology and geomorphology of the Kent Downs and exploring personal stories and connections with the landscape through a series of events, activities and learning opportunities.

Decision: award £244,622


Centenary Mosaic

Applicant: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Project description: mark the 100th anniversary of Gosport War Memorial Hospital by creating a commemorative mosaic and holding a series of celebratory events. 

Decision: reject


Re-Tile Chapel Roof

Applicant: Chinnor Congregational Christian Fellowship

Project description: re-tile a community chapel roof. The chapel serves the residents of Chinnor and the surrounding villages. 

Decision: reject


The Exeter Book Project (Phase 2)

Applicant: Jack Nicholas Dean Ltd

Project description: use the performing arts to engage the people of Exeter with a vital part of their city’s heritage – the Exeter Book. Culminate in a performance piece that tells the manuscript’s origin story.


Decision: reject


#DYC Data Hunters & Story Gatherers: towards community curatorship

Applicant: Hampshire Cultural Trust

Project description: improve the accessibility of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s social history collections, currently at risk, delivered through producing two exhibitions. Aim to index at least 3,000 ‘invisible’ artefacts in storage and democratise interpretation through co-production activities.

Decision: award £249,132


Captain Peacock and 'The Swan of the River Exe'

Applicant: Burn the Curtain CIC

Project description: celebrate the achievements of Captain George Peacock, an explorer and inventor, through a range of live experiences, a digital and community documentary and community animation workshops.

Decision: award £9,500


Herschels in Slough

Applicant: The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Upton Cum Chalvey

Project description: celebrate the life and works of astronomer William Herschel, who lived in the parish, through a series of events and composition workshops, together with recording newly discovered music composed by Herschel.

Decision: award £16,600


Enhancing Capacity to plan for the Future of Dr Johnson's House

Applicant: Dr Johnson's House Trust Limited

Project description: support organisational resilience at Dr Johnson’s House, a grade I listed historic town house, located in the City of London. Enhance and expand their offering to more diverse audiences whilst ensuring their financial viability.

Decision: award £99,750


Passmore Edwards Knitted Together project

Applicant: Shallal

Project Description commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victorian philanthropist and activist John Passmore Edwards. Focus on the value of community spaces from Passmore Edwards’ day to the present and into the future. Free, participative community workshops and a zine. 

Decision: award £9,990


Turning the Tides - An Inclusive History

Applicant: The Turning Tides Project Community Interest Company

Project description: mark the ten-year anniversary of The Turning Tides Project, capturing the work they have done within the local community. Create a documentary sharing and celebrating local disabled heritage.

Decision: award £17,080


Behind the camera - stories from ethnic minority underrepresented sports media professionals who brought us iconic sporting moments

Applicant: London Borough of Newham

Project description: explore the achievements of unknown Sports Media Professionals from ethnic minority communities. Work with 100 children, young people and wider residents from schools, youth centres, colleges, universities and cultural groups.

Decision: award £32,316


Archives of activism: capturing and curating a lost heritage

Applicant: Journey to Justice

Project description: engage and train local communities in curating and sharing activism heritage, delivered through workshops and exhibitions. They will use and expand their existing Archives of Activism.

Decision: reject


Gosport Heritage-led Re-generation and Succession Project (GHRASP)

Applicant: Hampshire Cultural Trust

Project description: Building upon the recently completed High Street Heritage Action Zone investment in Gosport, the project will deliver an engagement, skills development and grants programme at the Criterial, the Imagination Refinery and the Gosport Museum. 

Decision: award £246,922


Project Title: Tales of Treffry - spreading the word

Applicant: C J Stephenson

Project description: To share the history of the little-known Joseph Thomas Austen Treffry. 

Decision: reject


Glastonbury Abbey Piazza Project

Applicant: Glastonbury Abbey

Project description: improvements to the visitor entrance and visitor facilities at Glastonbury Abbey, focusing on the current entrance to the Abbey site.

Decision: award £249,990


#DYC Acton Access - Phase 1

Applicant: London Transport Museum Limited

Project description: rationalise London Transport Museum collection held at Acton Depot. There are 270 pallets of unknown material, which will act as a catalyst for community engagement and skills development.

Decision: award £247,742


Of Tide and Time

Applicant: Yskynna Vertical Dance Company

Project description: A collaboration between professional artists and community members from Falmouth, which involves research and development, creative writing workshops and culminates in an immersive performance in Falmouth Cemetery.

Decision: award £9,400


#DYC Brooklands Stories Uncovered

Applicant: Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd

Project description: a motoring and aviation collection will be enhanced through identifying and recording diverse stories and new interpretation curated and co-designed by LGBTQ+, neurodivergent and young audiences. The collection will be digitised.

Decision: award £235,000


Celebrating 50 years of Solent Protected Wrecks

Applicant: Maritime Archaeology Trust

Project description: Commemorating 50 years since the passing of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973, which for the first time enabled historic shipwrecks to be formally protected. Exhibition, public talks and themed family days.

Decision: award £9,500




Project Description: record the history and legacy of the Ijaw community in the UK. Interview elderly members of the community, undertake research in libraries and archives and speak to younger generations about their dual identity (Ijaw-British). Deposit testimonies at Tower Hamlets Archive and publish a book.

Decision: award £50,680


Refurbishment of The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery's Grade II Organ and Multi-Faith Chapel

Applicant: The National Hospital For Neurology And Neurosurgery Development Foundation

Project description: repair the historic Grade ll organ.

Decision: Reject


#DYC The Clod Ensemble Choreozone - Activating an Archive

Applicant: The Clod Ensemble

Project description: Clod Ensemble’s performance archive will become a dynamic collection of resources, accessible online and in person. The studios will become a space for the community to engage in stories through live performance.

Decision: award £245,854


Our War - Their Story

Applicant: Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre

Project description: gather accounts of those who lived and served during the FWW cresting a digital journal or handmade book.

Decision: Reject


Stories of Migration and Displacement

Applicant: Pindrop Trust

Project description: explore stories of migration and displacement. Live performances, recorded video footage, written accounts and photography

Decision: award £9,000


In Her Shoes in Havering

Applicant: Blown Fuse Ltd

Project description: tour  ‘In Her Shoes’, an audio installation celebrating local history and culture, to five community spaces in Havering.

Decision: Reject


Ethical Responsibilities and 3D Practices in Cultural Heritage

Applicant: University of Exeter

Project description: a two-day hybrid workshop and the compilation of a good practice white paper, to support the ethical use of 3D technologies in cultural heritage digitisation and research.

Decision: Reject


Cast in Stone Workshop & Edit-a-thon

Applicant: University of Exeter

Project description: 2-day workshop and the production of a CC BY toolkit to support editing and citizen-led narratives across Wikipedia articles related to colonial statues and monuments.

Decision: Reject


Days of Wonder - celebrating the magic of early cinema & film in Hove and Shoreham.

Applicant: videoclub

Project description: increase engagement with the film heritage of Brighton & Hove and Shoreham through a number of screenings and exhibitions.

Decision: award £176,600


Out On An Island, Pride in Self, Pride in Place - The role of the NHS in LGBTQ+ Culture on the Isle of Wight in the 80's & 90's

Applicant: StoneCrabs Productions

Project description: The project will investigate the role of the NHS on Isle of Wight LGBTQ+ culture (between 1980-2000), capturing and sharing at least 15 oral histories from LGBTQ+ people from that period, some of whom held key NHS roles.

Decision: award £76,460


Through Our Eyes

Applicant: end2end TV CIC

Project Description: engage young people in the research and production of digital resources about the heritage of their schools, including the social impact of World War II and the 11+ in Bexley. This new heritage collection will be showcased in digital exhibitions and later donated to Bexley Archives.

Decision: award £152,683


Securing the Foundling Museum: Building Resilience for a Long Term Future

Applicant: The Foundling Museum

Project description: develop the organisation so it is sufficiently skilled and financed to operate as an ambitious and fully independent museum with audiences at the centre of its planning.

Decision: award £244,250


George Biles - King of Signwriters

Applicant: Bridport Town Council

Project Description: record and digitise the remaining signs and murals created by George Biles in the mid part of the 20th century. Curate a major retrospective exhibition. Hold signwriting workshops.

Decision: award £9,550


Restoration of St John's Church Clock

Applicant: Burgess Hill Town Council

Project description: restore the four clock faces of St Johns The Evangelist's parish church.

Decision: reject


Re-energising Chipping Norton Town Hall

Applicant: Chipping Norton Town Council

Project description: breathe new life into the Grade II* Listed building, re-engage local audiences and improve the resilience of the Town Council by making the building facilitate new business ventures.

Decision: reject


Captain Kellett: arctic exploration, expedition and the search for Franklin's doomed expedition

Applicant: The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Project description: A series of exhibitions held across Belfast, Hartlepool and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will showcase the flag of Captain Kellet, an artefact said to ‘serve as a reminder of Britain’s rich maritime history’ along with other objects recovered from the wrecks of the Arctic explorer ships HMS Erebus and Terror.

Decision: award £98,170