England, London & South: delegated decisions February 2023
National Lottery Grants for Heritage
Replacement windows for Lookout Tower
Applicant: Fremington Quay Environment Group
Project description: To replace the Lookout Tower’s windows in order to preserve the integrity of the building and prevent further deterioration.
The Worthing Children's Parade
Applicant: The Worthing Children's Parade
Project description: To celebrate the local natural environment in Worthing through a free, inclusive community event. The project will engage schools and community groups in educational programmes to promote diverse cultures. Workshops and an exhibition in the Worthing library will document the project.
Endangered crafts workshops
Applicant: Tidal Tales Collective CIC
Project description: To explore crafts in the Heritage Crafts Association’s Endangered list with young people. Crafts include corn doll making, willow work and weaving, and Morris dancing. The workshops will also have a nature theme and will explore how the participants want their environment to be and how they can create positive change locally.
Decision: Award grant of £9,886
Making Common Cause: The UK Solidarity Story
Project description: To explore the lesser-known stories of solidarity in the UK from the past 160 years through a volunteer-led documentary film. The National Archives will provide a workshop for volunteers to explore original materials and training courses will develop camera and filmmaking skills.
Decision: Award grant of £9,500
Pearly Queens To Grime MCs (PQGMC)
Applicant: Catalyst in Communities CIC
Project Description: To look into a century of language and culture, focusing on the communities of East London and how they have been enriched by generations of migration. The project will explore their art, design and performance and its global impact.
Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green Fortieth Anniversary
Applicant: Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green
Project description: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hastings’ Traditional Jack in the Green event. In addition to the usual three days of festivities, this research project will collate 40 years of oral histories, photographs, artwork, programmes, costumes and artefacts – all of which will be exhibited in an accessible archive held in the Fishermen’s Museum.
Decision: Award grant of £10,000
Colonial Legacies- From Rhodes To Mugabe.
Applicant: Focused Creators
Project description: To provide training on heritage research and interviewing skills to 25 young people and volunteers who will be recording 50 audio interviews. The project will result in a theatre production, exhibition and recorded stories that celebrate Zimbabwean culture.
Decision: Award grant of £38,730
Purbeck Heritage Set in Stone and Told Through Story
Applicant: The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Aldhelm, Purbeck
Project description: To restore the Grade I listed Norman church building, transforming it into a more accessible heritage site and community hub. Programmes will run alongside this restoration work, including the interpretation of local history with various community groups, and the ecological management of the church’s grounds.
Decision: Award grant of £249,008
Somerset Wilder Communities 30x30
Applicant: Somerset Wildlife Trust
Project description: To work across three priority nature recovery corridors in Somerset, including Glastonbury to Wells and Frome, Somerton to Yeovil, and Charltons to Castle Cary. The project will build on the NextDoor Nature Jubilee project and use the Team Wilder Community Organising model to engage the community with local nature recovery.
Decision: Award grant of £249,971
Walk the Chalk – Opening celebration of the England Coast Path
Applicant: LYT Productions
Project description: To facilitate access to England's Coast Path in the lead up to and during a Heritage Celebration Week. The project will mark the Path's official opening in September 2023. Installations will be commissioned to feature along the pathway, encouraging community engagement and creating a multi-sensory walking tour.
Decision: Award grant of £213,807
Memories of the Railway in Ringwood
Applicant: The Ringwood Society
Project description: To deliver information surrounding Ringwood’s connection to life on the railways. The project will restore sections of the original railway structures as a lasting legacy of the heritage, with information boards to explain their significance.
Decision: Award grant of £43,880
The Lost Theatres of Newham
Project description: To investigate and showcase Newham's creative space through workshops, oral history recordings and an audio and in-person walking tour. This programme of activities will take place in conjunction with the 2023 Newham Heritage Month (NHM).
Decision: Award grant of £15,465
Beach Guardian Mission Centre
Applicant: Beach Guardian CIC
Project description: To repair and conserve the organisation's headquarters, the Mission Church in Padstow.
Trevisker Ware Bronze Age Pottery Project
Applicant: Trevisker Community Meadow CIC
Project description: To investigate Trevisker Ware Bronze Age pottery through workshops and guest speakers to explore the local heritage. The project will include events and open community activities to recreate Trevisker Ware pots and fire them in historic methods to preserve and promote the historic skill.
A Low Carbon Future for Duchy Palace
Applicant: The Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust Limited
Project description: To support the resilience of The Old Duchy Palace in the town of Lostwithiel, in South East Cornwall. The project will develop its organisational and financial resilience, becoming more outward looking. It also aims to reduce the building's carbon footprint and strengthen its physical resilience in the face of climate change.
Decision: Award grant of £59,500
Playing with the museum, from the past to the future.
Applicant: The Arbib Education Trust
Project description: To deliver an apprenticeship programme aimed at increasing workforce capacity, engaging more people with heritage and managing a collection at the V&A Museum of Childhood. The project will work with the Trust’s diverse, uncatalogued childhood objects.
Decision: Award grant of £187,942
Applicant: Digital Drama CIC
Project description: To explore, preserve and showcase the built environment of Croydon, focusing on the 1990's redevelopment initiatives. The project will include oral history recordings, digitisation of records, an audio-trail and a workshop engagement programme.
Decision: Award grant of £97,960
Applicant: The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust
Project description: To increase the resilience of Crofton Beam Engines as an industrial heritage site. The project will involve an assessment of current operations, engagement reviews, research opportunities and forward planning to improve the heritage site.
Decision: Award grant of £27,760
Torbay's Local Heritage Grant Scheme
Applicant: Torbay Council
Project description: To manage and deliver a community grants scheme that will support local community groups and organisations to develop their own projects. These will respond to eight publicly chosen themes relating to Torbay’s heritage. The themes are: Early humans, Monastic and mediaeval, Agricultural life, Napoleonic, Trawling, Golden age of the resorts, Agatha Christie and Writers on the Riviera.
Decision: Award grant of £250,000
Building resilience of Eastney Beam Engine House
Applicant: Portsmouth City Council
Project description: To develop a more sustainable business model for the Eastney Beam Engine House museum by growing capacity through volunteers, forming partnerships, and hosting engagement programmes to raise awareness of the heritage.
Decision: Award grant of £10,000
Firing London's Imagination: An Inclusive Approach to Highgate's Roman Pottery Heritage
Applicant: Friends of the Highgate Roman Kiln (FOHRK)
Project description: To restore the Highgate Roman kiln to its original environment in Highgate Wood, with a new visitor centre and a rich programme of outreach activities.
Decision: Award grant of £243,550
Cultural heritage exchange Newham
Applicant: Local Welcome CIO
Project description: To support Albanian migrants and refugees in Plaistow in partnership with Shpresa. The events will be delivered by local community leaders, inviting everyone to share stories about the histories, traditions and customs of the diverse communities. A resulting short film will showcase the diversity of cultural heritage in the borough.
Decision: Award grant of £9,935
Broadstone playground re-instatement
Applicant: Broadstone neighbourhood Forum CIO
Project description: To install playpark equipment to provide a better resource for local children and families near to the Broadstone park.
Junior Filmmakers Heritage Sports Project
Applicant: World Media Initiatives Community Interest Company
Project description: To encourage young people to research and celebrate different sport legends local to Milton Keynes through filmmaking. The productions will be premiered and exhibited during Black History Month, and finally showcased online on dedicated websites.
Decision: Award grant of £73,727
Routes to Roots: A South-Asian Heritage Project
Applicant: Maya Productions Limited
Project description: To bring together arts venues, community organisations, museums and archives across three cities. The aim of the project is to capture, archive and preserve authentic stories that reveal the diversity of South Asian heritage and challenge assumptions and stereotypes surrounding these communities.
Decision: Award grant of £249,968
Windrush Heritage – Digital Centre
Applicant: Black Gifted Network LTD
Project description: To deliver an online Windrush Heritage Centre, comprising a digital multi-media virtual library and an immersive 3D virtual reality exhibition, together with a cinematic audio-visual experience. The multi-media content will tell the stories of Windrush generations, their descendants and local artists and establishments.
Decision: Award grant of £10,000
Boscawen Education Skills and Heritage Activities Project
Applicant: United Response
Project description: To engage people with learning disabilities, autism, and mental health issues with the intangible heritage of the local area around Boscawen Farm near Truro, Cornwall. The intangible heritage includes activities such as hedge-laying, heritage cookery, felting, joinery, and basket making.
Decision: Award grant of £99,919
Bournemouth Reggae Weekender
Applicant: Afro-disiac Live Radio CIC
Project description: To support the diverse African-Caribbean culture in Bournemouth, specifically in the deprived area of Boscombe. The project will include a range of entertainment and traditional activities to support creative arts and performing artists, through live reggae music, poetry, storytelling, dance workshops and sound systems.
Securing Sustainable Governance for the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Applicant: Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council
Project description: To secure the future of the museum by externalising the governance and operations through transferring Sole Trusteeship to a new corporate entity, such as CLG or CIO.
Decision: Award grant of £98,560
Strengthening resilience, understanding feasibility, and embracing new audiences
Applicant: Steamship Freshspring Trust
Project description: To build the resilience of the Steamship Freshspring Trust, a static maritime attraction and learning resource berthed at the quayside on the R. Torridge in the north Devon town of Bideford.
Decision: Award grant of £141,004
Portslade - Community history for all
Applicant: Fresh Start Portslade
Project description: To promote community interest in a variety of local heritage sites, including a number of engagement programmes surrounding a Grade II listed Norman manor house.
Decision: Award grant of £10,000
#DYC Secrets shared: Unlocking hidden history
Applicant: Eastside Community Heritage
Project description: To make the heritage archive, Hidden-History digitally accessible to local communities to increase usage and engagement.
Decision: Award grant of £250,000
#DYC: The Forest of Dean Literary Heritage Collection Project
Applicant: University of Gloucestershire
Project description: To establish, publicise and launch a new Forest of Dean literary heritage collection at the Dean Heritage Centre. The project aims to promote the rich literary heritage of the region.
Digging for Erlestoke
Applicant: Wessex Archaeology Limited
Project description: To research and excavate HMP Erlestoke, creating a unique opportunity for Erlestoke prisoners to take part in an archaeological dig site. The results will be showcased in an exhibition, online and through social media engagement.
Decision: Award grant of £116,454
Plan Milton Keynes – Collaborative City Communications
Applicant: City Discovery Centre
Project description: To bring underserved audiences together to discuss the city’s master planning and interrogate its design principles against contemporary social inclusion priorities.
Decision: Award grant of £58,757