England, Midlands & East: delegated decisions April 2022
4 April 2022
Roots in Time
Applicant: Worcestershire County Council
Project description: This project in Evesham, Worcestershire, will work with young people, adults with learning disabilities, and local resident volunteers to carry out a community archaeology project. The site includes a Neolithic Cursus, which will be non-invasively investigated. Excavations will be carried out in areas where trees for a new woodland park are scheduled to be planted.
Decision: Award grant £95,830 (100% of total costs)
28 April 2022
The Generator Loughborough
Applicant: The Generator Loughborough CIC
Project description: To bring the Generator Hall into operational use by 2024, restoring it into a useable and accessible condition. The hall will be fitted out as a performing arts and events venue, including AV rigging, office space, bar, and general furnishings. It will deliver an activity plan by recruiting volunteers, researching and displaying the history of the hall, and engaging the public in pre-launch activities.
Decision: Award Grant £250,000 (9% of total costs)
Bosworth Links 2022–2026
Applicant: Market Bosworth Society
Project description: In 2017 and 2018, Market Bosworth Society carried out archaeological digs of test pits using volunteer archaeologists supported by professionals. This new project seeks to build on the success of this earlier project by taking the digs into the settlements surrounding Market Bosworth, to show the historic links between town and village.
Decision: Award Grant £117,154 (97% of total costs)
Amenities for All in Ashby Parva
Applicant: Ashby Parva Village Hall
Project description: This capital project is to update and modernise facilities at the Grade II Listed village hall, in Ashby Parva, Leicestershire.
Applicant: Village Hall and Playing Field
Project description: To create a community garden in the playing field of the village Ancaster, which lies around seven miles to the west of Sleaford, Lincolnshire.
Shillington Village hub website
Applicant: The Friends of All Saints' Church, Shillington
Project description: To create a new hub website, including: village walking tour leaflets, a church video tour, educational resources, information on church conservation, photographs from Village Photographic Archive and access to a burial database. Also to update existing village websites, ensuring consistency and accessibility.
Decision: Award Grant £4,485 (76% of total costs)
Norton Disney Big Community Dig 2022
Applicant: Norton Disney History and Archaeology Group
Project description: To support a late summer community digging season, on a site outside of the perimeter of the Roman Villa Scheduled Ancient Monument at Potter Hill, Norton Disney.
In Vestigiius Centurionum – In the Footsteps of Centurions
Applicant: Horsley Woodhouse Community Association
Project description: To explore the Roman heritage of the village of Horsley Woodhouse, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. The archaeological dig will be on a stretch of Roman road that runs through the village. It will seek to uncover insight into the Roman occupation of Horsley Woodhouse and its historic connections to the wider county. The findings of the dig will be shared with the local community through a programme of activities and made available online.
Restore the Church – Build the Community: Phase 2
Applicant: The Parochial Church Council of Roxwell
Project description: To undertake urgent structural repairs to the Church of St Michael and All Angels, in the village of Roxwell, west of Chelmsford in Essex. A programme of activities will take place to celebrate the heritage of the church, wider village and natural landscapes and environment.
Decision: Award Grant £250,000 (65% of total costs)
The Pilgrim Way Church Trail – Phase 3
Applicant: St Michael & All Angels Church
Project description: The third and final phase of a wider project, to complete a trail of six churches in Staffordshire, starting in Tatenhill and leading to Lichfield Cathedral. The 12 mile long "The Pilgrim Way Church Trail", is thought to be part of the route taken by St Chad when he founded Lichfield Cathedral in the 7th Century.
'Life in a Gorge' – Stoney Middleton
Applicant: Stoney Middleton Heritage Centre Community Group (SMHCCG)
Project description: This project – based in Hope Valley, Derbyshire – aims to explore and inform the locals and visitors of the story of Stoney Middleton. It will share the histories of the limestone formation that surrounds it in the Peak District National Park. It will produce an exhibition to be housed at the newly built 'The Cupola' Visitor Centre.
Restoration of school bell – Carleton Rode School
Applicant: Carleton Rode Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
Project description: To carry out capital works to a Victorian school building, making an original, small bell turret secure and installing a new bell. Three celebratory open weekends will be held, delivered by volunteers including the schoolchildren themselves. It will include presentations by the local history society, the unveiling of the bell, and other general celebratory activities.
Decision: Award Grant £7,500 (99% of total costs)
Apes, Owls and Devils – Dronfield's important medieval stained glass
Applicant: Dronfield Parish Church
Project description: This project at St John the Baptist, Dronfield, aims to conserve significant medieval stained glass and promote the heritage and artistry of the glass.
Decision: Award Grant £179,541 (74% of total costs)
Casta Paintings Restoration Project
Applicant: Leicester Museums & Galleries
Project description: To conserve and restore five 18th Century Casta paintings, create exhibitions, and deliver an engagement programme in Leicester.
Decision: Award Grant £49,665 (86% of total costs)
Stories That Made Us (the South Asian Narrative)
Applicant: Coventry Artspace Ltd
Project description: To increase awareness and engagement with both the Virk Collection and the additional archive belonging to Hardish Virk.
Decision: Award Grant £9,978 (89% of total costs)
We are Low Hill
Applicant: ArtfullyHappy CIC
Project description: To collaborate with the service users of the Low Hill Community Centre in Wolverhampton, to create two pieces of scrap metal art which reflect the area's multicultural heritage.
Decision: Award Grant £9,999 (100% of total costs)
Under the Influence
Applicant: The Museum of Drugs
Project description: To exhibit a collection relating to the heritage of drugs (from the 19th century to present day) at venues in Norwich, Lowestoft and Kings Lynn and deliver lectures and film screenings.
Oscari: Celebrating 150 years of the Church of Christ in the community
Project description: To celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the Church of Christ and its place in the community, in Riddings, Derbyshire.
Over Whitacre Pound
Applicant: Over Whitacre Parish Council
Project description: To restore the historic Pound of Over Whitacre hamlet, 16 miles east of Birmingham. The Pound was used prior to the Enclosures Act of 1819 to impound animals which had strayed from the owner's land in the open field farming system.
St Andrews Church Community Project
Applicant: St Andrews Church, North Burlingham
Project description: This project, based in Norwich, Norfolk, aims to undertake urgent repairs to the Grade I listed St Andrew's Church. The project will also deliver a programme of activities which will focus on church heritage, nature and conservation.
Kings Norton Heritage Project
Applicant: Kings Norton Church Restoration Fund
Project description: To carry out safety and interpretation works at the Grade I listed St John the Baptist Church in King's Norton, Leicestershire.
Round at The Vic – 60 years of theatre-making in North Staffordshire
Applicant: Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Theatre Trust Limited (New Vic Theatre)
Project description: To record 30 in-depth memories, collect 40 short accounts, create a digital film, exhibition and archive for the 60 year anniversary of the New Vic theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. There will also be associated engagement events.
Decision: Award Grant £45,489 (94% of total costs)
The Bake House @ 43
Applicant: Future Living Hertford
Project description: This on-going project, based at the Grade II listed Vale House in Hertfordshire, aims to engage the community with heritage-based skills, and encourage more people to get involved with heritage in innovative and interesting ways.
Our Place in Time Jubilee Printmaking Project
Applicant: Oyster Community Press CIC
Project description: This project, in the year of the Platinum Jubilee, will record the momentous events and create three large pictorial wall hangings, as a visual record. These will become permanent additions to the archives held at The Hold.
Decision: Award Grant £9,487 (95% of total costs)
Heckington Windmill Audience Development Project
Applicant: Heckington Windmill Trust
Project description: To develop visitor engagement and income generation at Heckington Windmill, in the North Kesteven District of Lincolnshire.
Decision: Award Grant £133,936 (90% of total costs)
Applicant: The Time and Tide Bell Organisation Limited
Project description: This project will be delivered across two locations: Harwich in Tendring and Morecambe in Lancaster. It aims to collect and share stories of local experience, knowledge and memories of coastal life, exploring changes in the environment, landscape and place.
Decision: Award Grant £46,397 (100% of total costs)
Sharing Our Lives
Applicant: Together Arts Productions CIC
Project description: To find, record, curate and share histories of people who have migrated to and from Essex through the Port of Tilbury, up to present day. The aim is to unearth previously unheard or marginalised stories with local narratives
Decision: Award Grant £90,778 (91% of total costs)
Medieval Church Conservation – Recovery from Substance Misuse
Applicant: The Matthew Project
Project description: To repair low level exterior walls and churchyard walls at St Etheldreda's and St Margarets' churches. To provide project participants with experience and skills in conservation building techniques, where there is currently a sector shortage.
Decision: Award Grant £13,935 (100% of total costs)
St Andrew's Church Ceiling Repair Fund
Applicant: Pickenham Parochial Church Council
Project description: To repair the ceiling of St Andrew's Church, North Pickenham, in West Norfolk
Securing St Paul's Church and Community Centre for future generations
Applicant: Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Paul, Cambridge
Project description: To carry out repair and conservation works to the external brickwork, masonry and roof of St Paul's Church in central Cambridge.
Applicant: Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Project description: This project, based in Walsall, West Midlands, aims to create new urban habitats for bumblebees by encouraging the public to take positive micro-actions. It will also pilot their nationwide Bumblebee Volunteering Hub model, to work with local charities and reach a diverse audience.
Decision: Award Grant £222,628 (94% of total costs)
Development funding for new archive building
Applicant: Online Transport Archive
Project description: To plan and create a digital heritage portal and storage to house a collection of 2million still images and 4,000 hours of film relating to international transport, social and industrial history.
A Place at the Table
Applicant: Women's History Projects CIC
Project description: To work with participants to research and share the stories of six historic women from Norfolk.
Inspired by Nature
Applicant: ADeC (Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire)
Project description: Primarily based at the Babylon Gallery in Ely, this project aims to widen their audience and facilitate engagement with the local landscape.
Belper Library Writer in Residence
Applicant: Derbyshire County Council
Project description: This project at Belper library in Derbyshire will provide a residency for a local playwright and poet to work with disadvantaged communities in Belper. They will produce creative responses to the contemporary history of the town.
An Indian Princess in Essex
Applicant: Essex Cultural Diversity Project
Project description: This Doddinghurst project, near Brentwood in Essex, would involve volunteers in researching the life and heritage of Princess Helena Randhir Singh Ahluwalia. It will result in an exhibition at All Saint's Church, talks, events, an information leaflet and online interpretation, as well as a short film.
Decision: Award Grant £8,680 (72% of total costs)
Jubilee Digital Library – Reinterpreting the Archive
Project description: To create a new digital library using 'The Jubilee Community Archive 1974–1994', which is currently in storage. The archive is mainly photographic and captures a key chapter of social movement from the 1970s.
Decision: Award Grant £29,950 (100% of total costs)
Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum Disability Facility
Applicant: Bilsthorpe Heritage
Project description: To install an accessible toilet and purchase advertising boards for Bilsthorpe Heritage Museum, Newark, Nottinghamshire.
St Andrews Window Repair and Guards
Applicant: St Andrews Parish Centre Trust
Project description: To repair broken stained glass windows and install guards to prevent vandalism.
Jubilee Community Pavilion
Applicant: Burston & Shimpling Parish Council
Project description: To install a new outdoor pavilion at Burston Recreation Ground, within the village of Burston, South Norfolk.
Sense & National Trust Partnership: Internal Garden
Applicant: SENSE, THE NATIONAL DEAFBLIND AND RUBELLA
Project description: This project is all about inclusion and participation of an often excluded group. It is designed to help disabled people to engage with nature and experience a connection with natural heritage in ways which they otherwise could not.
Decision: Award Grant £64,420 (100% of total costs)
A history of mindfulness & mental health support
Applicant: Sumo4Schools Foundation CIC
Project description: This Cannock project in Staffordshire would involve primary and secondary school students and members of a local history group in exploring and interpreting the history of mindfulness. This includes its origins and different forms and applications in Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Plus, how different meditation techniques have been adapted more recently to support mental health.
Decision: Award Grant £9,800 (100% of total costs)
Llanyblodwel Restoration Project
Applicant: Llanyblodwel Parish Council
Project description: This project based in Oswestry in Shropshire aims to carry out restoration work to a closed churchyard surrounding a Grade I listed St. Michael's church. The closed churchyard contains graves of previous soldiers, a vicar and a Victorian composer.
Applicant: Sporting Communities Community Interest Company
Project description: This Normanton project in Derby aims to discover hidden memories and artefacts from the community. The project will consult, explore and record the community histories while creating a safe space within the Normanton Park for interpretation.
Ancient Astonbury and our Wilder Woodlands
Applicant: Hertfordshire & Middlesex Wildlife Trust Ltd
Project description: To begin managing Astonbury Wood as a nature destination for the public. The Wood is situated around four miles south east of Stevenage, Hertfordshire and the project would both conserve the habitat and host a programme of community engagement activities.
Decision: Award Grant £162,698 (89% of total costs)
Building the Future: Repairing the Past
Applicant: St.Peter's Haveringland Parochial Church Council
Project description: To carry out urgent repairs and improvements, and facilitate a programme of activities to engage the local and wider community.
Jubilee of the Community
Applicant: The Big Happiness Experiment CIC
Project description: To gather and share memories of living in Birmingham and the Black Country throughout the Queen's reign with street parties, royal visitors and the coronation.
Decision: Award Grant £10,000 (100% of total costs)
Wiveton – A Church For The Future
Applicant: Wiveton Parochial Church Council
Project description: To carry out urgent high level repairs to the Grade I listed St Mary's Church in Wiveton village – located in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) near Wells-Next-The-Sea – and also deliver a programme of engagement activities.
Decision: Award Grant £135,997 (69% of total costs)
3 May 2022 – deferred
South Asian 1990s Photography Project
Applicant: Red Media Love CIC
Project description: To create an exhibition of photographs and videos sharing stories from second generation South Asian communities growing up in the 1980s and 1990s.